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Full Text of HR0200  102nd General Assembly

HR0200 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY


  

 


 
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HOUSE RESOLUTION

 
2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of
3Representatives wish to recognize Aviv Ezra on the occasion of
4his retirement as Consul General of Israel to the Midwest; and
 
5    WHEREAS, Aviv Ezra was born in Israel to an Israeli
6diplomat and a teacher in 1972; he served in the Israel Defense
7Forces, where he achieved the rank of captain; he received his
8Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from
9Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel; and
 
10    WHEREAS, Aviv Ezra joined Israel's Foreign Ministry in
111999; he served as the economic and commercial attaché to
12Cairo, Egypt from 2000 to 2002; he served as the deputy consul
13general for the Southeastern region of the U.S. at the
14Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta, Georgia from 2002 to
152006; he was appointed as a policy advisor to the director
16general of the Foreign Ministry in 2006; after serving five
17years as Israel's liaison to the U.S. Congress, he was
18appointed as counselor in the Foreign Ministry's North America
19Division Congressional Affairs Department in 2013; and
 
20    WHEREAS, Aviv Ezra was appointed as Consul General of
21Israel to the Midwest based in Chicago in 2016 and was
22responsible for nine Midwestern states, including Illinois,

 

 

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1Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota,
2South Dakota, and Wisconsin; and
 
3    WHEREAS, During his five-year tenure, Aviv Ezra oversaw a
4number of developments in Israeli-United States relations,
5including Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University joining
6the University of Illinois in the Discovery Partners Institute
7(DPI), the implementation of the NATAL Model for trauma
8resiliency in Bronzeville, the signing of a memorandum of
9understanding (MOU) between the City of Chicago and the Peres
10Center for Peace and Innovation in 2019, the launch of a
11non-stop flight route between Chicago O'Hare Airport and Tel
12Aviv Ben Gurion in September 2020, the partnership of Mt.
13Sinai Chicago Hospital and Shamir Medical Center, co-leading
14the Chicago-Israel Healthtech Summit alongside the digital
15health hub MATTER and the Sheba Medical Center, and many more
16too numerous to mention; and
 
17    WHEREAS, Aviv Ezra is married to Einat, and they have
18three children; therefore, be it
 
19    RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
20HUNDRED SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that
21we recognize Aviv Ezra on his retirement as Consul General of
22Israel to the Midwest, and we commend him for his years of
23service to Israel-United States relations; and be it further
 

 

 

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1    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
2presented to Aviv Ezra as an expression of our esteem and
3respect.