- Written by MFA
Israel - South Africa Foreign Ministry Directors General Joint Statement
The discussions focused on the relations between the two countries and the sides agreed on improving cooperation on national priority issues such as water, agriculture, trade and science and technology
The Director General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, and the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Ambassador Dore Gold, met today (Thursday, March 10, 2016) in Pretoria for bilateral discussions.
The discussions focused on the relations between the two countries and the sides agreed on improving cooperation between the two countries. The Directors General agreed that officials from South Africa and Israel will work together on national priority issues such as water, agriculture, trade and science and technology. The sides also discussed the situation in the Middle East. The sides emphasized the importance of trade delegations in both directions.
The discussions were held in a positive atmosphere and a shared desire to deepen dialogue and friendly relations between South Africa and Israel.
Photo :Israel MFA DG Dr. Dore Gold with his South African counterpart Amb Jerry Matjila
- Written by Prime Minister's Media Adviser
Cyprus – Israel - Greece Trilateral Summit Declaration
Following is the text of the Cyprus-Israel-Greece Trilateral Summit Declaration that was issued today (Thursday, 28 January 2018), in Nicosia:
"We, Nikos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, and Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, having met in Nicosia today, 28th January 2016, have agreed to strengthen the cooperation between our three countries in order to promote a trilateral partnership in different fields of common interest and to work together towards promoting peace, stability, security and prosperity in the Mediterranean and the wider region.
In light of the underlying challenges and opportunities, and given the fluid and unstable situation in the region, our three countries, which share common democratic values, principles, and interests, have, to this end, agreed on the importance for closer cooperation and a coordinated set of policies.
Our partnership is not exclusive in design or nature, and we are ready to welcome other like-minded actors to join our efforts to promote coordination and cooperation, as well as regional peace and stability.
We agree to work closely together with a view to strengthening our cooperation on common projects, involving both public and private actors. In particular, we are examining practical means of cooperating and implementing joint projects and synergies in the fields of energy, tourism, research and technology, environment, water management, combating terrorism, and migration.
Furthermore, we are exploring potential collaboration in a wide array of other fields, including agriculture, forestation, joint fire-fighting efforts, environmental protection including marine pollution, joint emergency response to natural disasters, exchange of information in emergency situations, joint search and rescue exercises, health, management of epidemics, joint scientific projects, development of renewable energy technologies, education, communications and trilateral roaming agreements, and commercial shipping.
The discovery of important hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean can serve as a catalyst for peace, stability and cooperation in the region. To this end, the three countries view the energy sector, and in particular, natural gas and renewable energy, as a solid foundation for cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean basin.
We consider that trilateral energy projects, such as the “EuroAsia Interconnector”, are of strategic importance as they will create a mutually beneficial relationship between the energy markets of Israel and Cyprus with those of continental Europe. In addition, we express our strong support to the export of Eastern Mediterranean gas to continental Europe. In this context, we reiterate our readiness to further explore projects such as the “EastMed Pipeline”. We have agreed to work closely together promoting joint projects, which will enhance the security of energy supply. We invite neighbouring countries to explore possible synergies which can be implemented by working collectively on a regional basis.
Following the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, we reaffirm our commitment to explore avenues of cooperation in the sphere of renewable energy through joint green-tech programs, in particular in the fields of solar energy, energy efficiency, fuel options for transportation and smart grids.
In addition, the three countries acknowledge the importance of tourism and the vast potential for a comprehensive collaboration towards encouraging the influx of tourists to the region by offering joint packages, including cruises and religious, medical and other thematic tourism. We agree to explore ways of sharing information and know-how in order to support local small tourism businesses, joint initiatives and more. The three competent Ministers agree to meet and examine the various facets.
We remain steadfastly committed to working together towards the enhancement of the bilateral relations between the European Union and Israel in areas of mutual interest and concern.
We stress the importance of the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation for the countries of the region. On the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the Barcelona Declaration, we welcome the role the Union for the Mediterranean can play to this end, as reflected in the EU Joint Communication on the Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy of 18th November 2015.
We acknowledge the grave dangers posed by terrorism, both regionally and globally, and have agreed to continue joining forces with the international community to tackle this challenge. We strongly and unequivocally condemn all terrorist actions and call upon all States to confront this menace also through closer security cooperation. In light of the above, we have agreed to enhance our cooperation in this sphere by initiating trilateral dialogue between our competent Authorities. Efforts to curb the flow of foreign fighters, restrict financial and military support to terrorist groups, and counter extremist propaganda should intensify. Incitement to violence should be condemned and stopped.
On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27th January, the leaders paid homage to those perished during the Holocaust and condemned without reserve all manifestations of religious intolerance, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief, wherever they occur.
We underline our willingness to join efforts for the protection of antiquities and for the preservation and development of historical and archaeological sites, aiming at safeguarding the historical memory of our peoples and the common heritage of mankind, as well as our readiness to cooperate for the protection of underwater cultural heritage and to promote such cooperation with neighbouring countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The ongoing turmoil in our neighbourhood has triggered unprecedented migratory flows that pose a challenge that can be met only by multilateral action that addresses the conditions that created these migratory flows, through comprehensive and holistic planning and strategies. It should address ways to ending hostilities, eradicating poverty and improving livelihoods through development. We are also committed to combating smuggling of people and reiterate our readiness to contribute to efforts designed to address the humanitarian aspects of the unfolding refugee crisis, in close cooperation with all concerned countries and actors.
We express our full and unwavering support to the ongoing negotiation process, under the United Nations Good Office Mission, for a just, comprehensive and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on international law and the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions. Such a solution, which will reunify the island, based on the respect of democratic principles, human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Cypriots, would not only benefit the people of Cyprus in its entirety, but also significantly contribute to the peace and stability of the region, through Cyprus’ independent foreign policy.
The Governments express their hope that the resumption of negotiations of the MEPP will conclude in a just and lasting solution.
We are convinced of the strategic nature and necessity of our trilateral cooperation and will continue working closely in order to realize its full potential, to the benefit of our countries and peoples, and to the wider region.
In this regard, we endorse the establishment of a Trilateral Steering Committee, which held its first official meeting earlier today, and which is tasked with identifying priorities, as well as overseeing and coordinating the implementation of our joint projects.
The three leaders have agreed that the next trilateral Summit will be held in Israel in the second half of 2016."
- Written by President’s Spokesperson
With the Jewish festival of Chanukah to begin on Sunday evening (6th December), President Rivlin issued the following message to Jewish communities around the world.
A video of the greeting is available here - https://youtu.be/WKhtyRL5z4g
“My dear brothers and sisters in Israel, and around the world. At Chanukah we stand around the lights, watch as they glow, and sing together Maoz Tzur, a song that tells about the many challenges that have risen against the Jewish people in the past. We celebrate the survival of our people and our faith against all the odds. We celebrate the freedom that was won in those days, and that we enjoy today with Israel as the national home of the Jewish people. It is no coincidence that the symbol of the Government of Israel is the Menorah, the symbol of Jewish independence, which lights our path. In each generation we must find that path; to reinforce the bonds between Jews across the world, to share together, to hold high the torch of freedom. To bring light where there is darkness. Just as it was for the heroic Maccabim, the light of the Menorah inspires us all.
“Today, hatred, incitement, and terrorism threaten the whole world. In the face of these threats we need to be firm and strong like a rock – like Maoz Tzur – in our beliefs in freedom, justice, in the values of our tradition and of democracy. So this year as we gather with our families and communities and look at the wonderful lights it is my prayer that we will be reminded of the bonds that we all share, and the important role we all have of being a light unto the nations.
“Our thoughts at this time are of course with those who will be celebrating with a heavy heart; the injured and the families who have lost loved ones in the wave of terror that has struck in Israel, and around the world. To them especially, and to all the Jewish people, I wish a very happy Chanukah. Shalom from Jerusalem.”
- Written by Jonathan Danilowitz
“Monarch” Flies to Israel Again.
Getting to and from London for Israeli residents has just become easier. Joining the airlines that already service the Israel-England route is Monarch Airlines, adding 4 weekly services to the British capital – three from/to Tel Aviv and one from/to Eilat.
This is not the airline’s first time in Israel. More than a decade ago the airline operated charter flights between London and Tel Aviv. The new services will be of a scheduled airline, with choices for passengers that include baggage, hot meals and seat selection. Andrew Swaffield, Chief Executive Officer of The Monarch Group: “These two new scheduled routes are the result of the ongoing work we are doing to develop our winter programme which showcases a number of winter sun and ski destinations. Tel Aviv and Ovda [for Eilat] are growing in popularity once more with tourists and with the diverse offerings of both these destinations we are sure they will be a very popular choice for winter holidays. We are also looking forward to welcoming visitors from Israel to the UK.”
The first flight landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on the 3rd of December, with an impressive welcome ceremony, in the presence of his Excellency the British Ambassador David Quarrey, and Yariv Levin, Israel’s Minister of Tourism. Also present was Monarch’s CEO Andrew Swaffield (who came from London for the occasion), and many other tourism-related business executives. Mr. Swaffield noted that London is an extremely popular destination for Israeli tourists. (We know too that members of the diplomatic community in Israel visit Britain frequently as well.)
The Israeli Ministry of Tourism has welcomed the additional services between the two countries – the fruits of Israel’s new “open-skies” policies. The flights to Eilat represent the interest that European travelers have in taking winter breaks in warm and hospitable destinations.
As an aside but very relevant to the aviation industry, the British Ambassador tweeted recently: Congrats @RollsRoyce, selected by @EL_AL_AIRLINES to power new Dreamliner fleet. UK's biggest ever export to Israel. Kol hakavod! Trade and tourism between the UK and Israel are on the increase and everyone benefits.
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