As a developed country, Israel needs to step up and do more to give back to international aid and development, Jonny Cline, executive director of the Israeli Fund for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) recently told The Jerusalem Post.
Cline, a father and self-proclaimed Zionist, has headed the Israeli branch of the UN organization for the past year and a half.
“Growing up in England, UNICEF was known as a good brand, a good organization,” he said.
UNICEF was established in 1946 by the UN to "meet the emergency needs of children in post-war Europe and China."
Since that time, the organization has expanded to include some 200 countries and 35 developed country members, including Israel.
“Coming to Israel and hearing everything about the UN, which is obviously seen through a very political prism, to have the ability to take the global brand and bring it into the State of Israel that could be significant and effective in a positive way is a huge thing for me as an Israeli and a Zionist,” he said.