Rabbi Michael Melchior watched Norway struggle with finding large oil, gas deposits in the 1970s and the near ruin it brought to the country.
1/2/2011 Ehud Zion Waldoks, Jerusalem Post
Michael Melchior has been the rabbi of Norway for decades. Born in Denmark, he first went to Norway as a young rabbinic student in the mid-1970s. He moved to there for a time starting in 1980.
Melchior watched Norway struggle with finding large oil and gas deposits in the 1970s and the near ruin it brought to the country in the mid-1980s. Yet he has also seen how Norway has become a country with the one of the highest standards of living in the world thanks to its natural resources.
International press reports on Israel Civic Action Forum’s campaign
Excerpts from The Economist, Nov 11th 2010
Michael Melchior, a former chief rabbi of Norway and later an Israeli politician, is urging Israeli government to follow Norway’s example by putting the state’s share of profits from these huge natural gas fields into a sovereign wealth fund and earmarking the income for social welfare. “A one-time chance,” he says, “to bring truly historic change to Israeli society.”
During it’s trial run period new website will be upgraded and adapted to fit the constantly changing needs of ICAF’s campaign.
Israel Civic Action Forum (ICAF) launches its English language website. The website will serve our growing global network of supporters. During its trial run period it will focus mainly on basic information, presenting the objectives and messages of Israel Civic Action Forum. We welcome comments and suggestions for improvements.
Founder of Israel's Civic Action Fourm says attempts to divert public attention from the very weighty issues at hand will not succeed.
4.8.2010 from Haaretz daily, English edition, by Avi Bar-Eli
"I fully understand the cultural and philosophical differences between your corporate world and our public mission. However, attempts to divert public attention from the very weighty issues at hand will not succeed," wrote Melchior. "The recent threats made by certain corporate managers, lawyers and lobbyists - some of which are truly absurd and outright deceptive - shall deter neither us nor our growing efforts," he added.