NATAN SHARANSKY JOINS BENADOR ASSOCIATES
June 6, 2005
NEW YORK, June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Benador Associates Public Relations is honored to announce that world renowned former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky has joined their roster of clients as of June 2005. During his time imprisoned in the Soviet Union, Mr. Sharansky became a hero to world activism against tyranny and he became particularly a role model for world Jewry.
Mr. Sharansky, the former Israeli Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora affairs recently resigned his post to protest Israel's planned unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip as a "tragic mistake" that will encourage Palestinian violence and deepen the rift in Israeli society.
In that same spirit, Mr. Sharansky recently in Washington testified before the Congressional subcommittee hearing held by Rep. Christopher Shays
(R-Connecticut) aimed at examining the impact of U.S.-led efforts to foster democracy in the Middle East, as well as U.S. policy in Iraq. At the Congress Hearing, he expressed that any Israeli concessions part of the U.S. sponsored Roadmap should depend upon Palestinian reforms, said his publicist Eleana Benador. In his closing statement before the Committee, Mr. Sharansky also encouraged and urged the U.S. government to support dissidents and pro-democracy advocates in the Palestinian territories and other parts of the Arab world.
Right after resigning from government, Sharansky became a "distinguished senior fellow" at the Shalem Center, the Jerusalem-based independent think tank. Thus, Sharansky will do what he did during nine years in a Soviet prison and he is considered by many to do best: thinking. Regarding the current political situation, Sharansky has declared: "We are in the middle of fighting two big wars -- terror and the new anti-Semitism. Both are directed at undermining the legitimacy of the Jewish state. We have to fight not only with the army, but also on the intellectual level. The Shalem Center is a natural home to help build the intellectual case."
At Benador Associates, Sharansky joins Richard Perle, former Assistant Secretary of Defense; James Woolsey, former CIA director; John O'Sullivan, former advisor to Lady Thatcher; Lord Lamont, former Chancellor of the Exchequer to Prime Minister Thatcher, and other Western experts as well as a renowned group of activists and pro-democracy personalities from the Middle East and Muslim world. Among them, Ismail Cem, former Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Iraqi author, Kanan Makiya, considered one of the proponents of the liberation of Iraq. Also in the same group is the current Egyptian presidential candidate, well-known pro-democracy activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim, as well as the prominent and influential Iranian author and journalist, Amir Taheri, who has been the former executive-editor of Kayhan, the most important newspaper under the Shah. Also in the group are the outspoken former advisor to King Abdullah, the Washington bureau chief of Al Hayat, Salameh Nematt; and Ali al-Ahmed, director of the Saudi Institute, as well as the Lebanese activist Hassan Mneimneh who is also a director at the Iraqi Memory Foundation and the Iranian human rights activist, Mehrangiz Kar, whose husband Siamak Pourzand, a well-known Iranian journalist has been incarcerated in Iran since November, 2001.
In its fourth year of activities, Benador Associates has become a feature in the field of public relations in politics, government affairs, media relations, dealing on topics of national security, foreign affairs,
anti-terrorism, democracy, human rights, nuclear non-proliferation, Islam, and much more, while it is also now expanding into the fields of finance and investment banking worldwide.
Contact: Eleana Benador
SOURCE Natan Sharansky
Email Benador Associates: firstname.lastname@example.org