In 2019, Singapore and Israel mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. Though bilateral ties between the two countries began soon after Singapore’s independence from Malaysia, the depth of this relationship has rarely been publicised because of political sensitivities, given the position taken by Singapore’s Muslim-dominant neighbours towards the Jewish state.
Beating the Odds Together is a book jointly published by the Middle East Institute at National University of Singapore and World Scientific Publishing to commemorate this milestone in bilateral ties.
Thirteen Singaporeans and Israelis contributed articles to the volume, which examines the similarities and differences between the two states, and the expansion of relationships beyond security to the fields of business, academia, research, technology and education. For the first time, multiple accounts will shed light on the inside story of how Israel helped Singapore to establish the Singapore Armed Forces.
Former Foreign Minister George Yeo, who wrote a chapter, will be officiating at the book launch on 9 December. To register, please click here.
** Do note that there will be security checks at the event and attendees should bring along IDs. Bags are subject to checks so you are advised not to bring them.
Opening Address by Singapore’s former foreign minister Mr George Yeo
Remarks by Israel’s ambassador to Singapore HE Sagi Karni
Tune in to the podcast of Mr Karni’s speech.
See photo gallery for more images of the book launch.
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The Straits Times: New book details how Israel helped build up the Singapore Armed Forces