Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey holding the crystal, which was originally from Uri Geller’s pocket, given to and passed on from Noam Yifrach; chairman of Magen David Adom (Red Star of David) at the signing ceremony at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, November 28, 2005.
Uri Geller played an unusual role in breaking the ice during talks on a historic deal in Geneva
Uri helped to negotiate an amicable agreement between the Red Cross, Palestine Red Crescent and Israel’s Magen David Adom: “Uri Geller did not just help break the ice with the skills that have made him famous – a considerable number of bent spoons line the road that led to this agreement,” said Swiss foreign minister Micheline Calmy-Rey. “He has also played a pivotal role in helping everyone focus on the main objective and overcoming differences over secondary details at key junctures,” she told the assembled dignitaries. Later on in Geneva he read a speech from the organization pledging to address Syria’s humanitarian concerns to a 192-nation conference to approve a new Red Cross (Red Crystal) emblem that would enable Israel to join the movement after nearly six decades of exclusion.