Diplomatic Events

 Photo : President Rivlin welcoming H.E Ms. Maria Gabriels Troya Rodriguez , Ambassador of Ecuador to Israel.

President Reuven Rivlin, this morning (Monday) at his residence, received the diplomatic credentials of new ambassadors to Israel from Ecuador, Ethiopia, Togo, Fiji, and Turkmenistan. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, included an honor guard, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.

President Rivlin first welcomed Ambassador of Ecuador, H.E. Ms. Maria Gabriels Troya Rodriguez and said, “It is a real pleasure to welcome you here in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, with the history between our two peoples. Both the long and the short history. I know the people of Ecuador admire the Bible and the language of the Bible. In recent times, we have been proud to welcome around 2,500 students from Ecuador to study here with Mashav, and we are proud of the cooperation between us in agriculture. We are proud to have worked to help your people following the earthquake that struck you country last year, and we are doing all we can to extend our relationship. I know that from time to time we may have differences of opinion as there are between friends. I know that your President is an admirer of Israel. We are of course prepared to hear criticism sometimes, as long as there is an understanding of the need of our people to protect ourselves and carry the burden of security.”

Ambassador Troya thanked the President and said, “I am greatly honored. This is my first appointment as an ambassador and I am looking forward to do my best. President Correa is an admirer of Israel, something he has mentioned two weeks ago on a radio broadcast. He said specifically Israel is a country we admire and we should cooperate closely, in agriculture, in science and technology and also in trade - I would like to see more Ecuadorian products available here.”

She added, “We do have differences of opinion but that does not mean we don’t talk and share the things that bring us closer. That is what I am here to do.”


 Photo : President Rivlin welcoming H.E Mr. Tsegay Berha Hadera , Ambassador of  Ethiopia  to Israel



Ambassador of Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Tsegay Berha Hadera then presented the President with his credentials. President Rivlin welcomed him and said, “When I meet with ambassadors of other countries, we can talk about diplomatic relations that are maybe 20, 30, even 50 years old. But our peoples have shared history of thousands of years. We can talk about the visit of the Queen of Sheba to the wise King Solomon.” He added, “In Israel today, we are so proud of our Ethiopian Jewish community. They are proud to be Jews, they are proud to be Israeli, and they are proud to be Ethiopian.”


The President went on to say, “I want to congratulate you on Ethiopia’s election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. I hope that Ethiopia will be able to help Israel too.”


Ambassador Hadera thanked the President and said, “Thank you for the warm welcome. I am very proud to be the Ambassador of Ethiopia in Israel. I have visited many times.” He spoke of the great respect for Israel as the Holy Land, and the city of Jerusalem, and said, “We are natural brothers and we stand for the right of the people.”


He spoke of the importance of the cooperation and support Israel offered Ethiopia in the field of innovation and added, “Please accept the warmest wishes of my President, and I am pleased to convey to you an invitation to visit our country.”



Photo : President Rivlin welcoming H.E Mr. Calixte Batossie Madjoulba , Ambassador of   Togo to Israel

Ambassador of Togo, H.E. Mr. Calixte Batossie Madjoulba was next to present his credentials. President Rivlin welcomed him to Jerusalem and noted the important 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He said, “We enjoy warm relations. Israel sees Africa the future, and the importance of our ties there are clear to all, and no less important is the fact that your country initiated together with Israel the upcoming Africa Summit.” The President thanked the Ambassador for the participation of the President of Togo in the funeral of the late Shimon Peres. He added, “We are aware that you understand the challenge of dealing with the threat of terror, and that you yourselves are dealing with this challenge, something which is forced upon us. Also in this area, we are cooperating and I would see this expanded.”

The President concluded, “We are looking forward to October to the planned African Israeli summit, which Togo initiated. And we are pleased to receive you here as representative of your country, in order to strengthen our cooperation even further.”

Ambassador Madjoulba thanked the President for the warm welcome, said that he was moved to be appointed ambassador to Israel, and conveyed the warm wishes of the President of Togo. He said, “My country is very pleased with the welcome initiative, the summit between Israel and Togo in Africa. Terror, as you mentioned, is truly the greatest challenge for the whole world, and of course Africa. I want to thank you again for the security cooperation, and your assistance in learning how Togo can face the threat of terror. The planned summit, during which you will share with us your knowledge on issues relating to preserving security, will help Africa to become safer, and allow our peoples to develop the continent, and to bring prosperity for the benefit of the peoples of Africa. For this I thank you.”


Photo : President Rivlin welcoming H.E Mr. Mosese Tikoitoga , Ambassador of  Fiji  to Israel

Ambassador of Fiji, H.E. Mr. Mosese Tikoitoga then presented the President with his credentials. President Rivlin welcomed him and said, “Many talk about battling for peace, but you are one of the true fighters for peace, and fought not just in our region but all over the world with the United Nations, to keep peace. We know the meaning of fighting for peace.”

He added, “I was sad to be unable to meet with your President after his trip was hampered by bad weather, but we spoke on the phone, and discussed the important ties between our peoples. Please send him my best regards, l am looking forward to meeting him. We know the connection between Israel and Fiji, especially in the area of water and agriculture.”

The Ambassador thanked the President and said, “We thank you very much, and we appreciate your help over the years.” He added, “Many Fijians want to come and visit Israel, our Christian beliefs tell us we must come and visit the Holy Land.” He told the President that “I served in UNIFIL on four different occasions, so this is almost like coming back home, just in a different capacity.”




 Photo : President Rivlin welcoming H.E Mr. Berdymurat Redjepov , Ambassador of  Turkmenistan  to Israel

 Ambassador of Turkmenistan, H.E. Mr. Berdymurat Redjepov then presented his credentials to the President, who said to him “We appreciate greatly the good relations between our countries, and see your arrival as an opportunity to develop these even further.” He added, “It is a pleasure to welcome you here, and express my appreciation for the position of your country in declaring and maintaining neutrality.”

The President added that Israel had much respect for Turkmenistan, and extended an invitation for the President of Turkmenistan to visit Israel.

Ambassador Redjepov thanked the President for the warm welcome and said, “I have been tasked with the important mission to deepen the relations between us, and the cooperation between our countries. My family and I have dreamed of coming to Israel, and yesterday we visited the historic sites, holy to the three religions.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

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09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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On Wednesday evening, June 7th, the Embassy of Slovenia in Tel Aviv celebrated 26 years of independence, and 25 years of bilateral relations with Israel. The commemoration was held at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa. The event was timed to coincide with visits by both the Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr. Maja Makovec Brencic, and a high-level parliamentary delegation led by National Assembly President Dr. Milan Brglez.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

Friday was a beautiful late spring day; the gardens were lovely, the weather was fine; the guests were elegantly attired; the refreshments were generous and delicious; all the makings of a happy celebration marking the National Day of Sweden. H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, ambassador of Sweden to the State of Israel, hosted the event at the ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach.

The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.

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A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

Shavuot, the Holiday of Weeks, is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem​ in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices.

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Tel Aviv Eat presents three evenings of tastings and workshops featuring the region’s leading restaurants and most prominent chefs. Entrance is free (including the chefs’ demonstrations), and tasting portions range in price from NIS 20-35. Doors open each evening at 18.00. There are several performance stages, live music, and stands selling beer.

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"Only when we remember the families who were torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that terrible darkness and evil, who had endured the unbearable horror of the Holocaust, only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating." President Donald J. Trump

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The Charles Bronfman Auditorium at Habima Square is one of the centerpieces of the Israeli arts and cultural scene, home to the Israel Philharmonic for the last 60 years. On Friday, May 19th, it was home to yet another historic event, with the dedication of the entrance hall to Miri Shitrit of blessed memory.

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President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin today, (Monday), welcomed President of the United States Donald J. Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport, and then at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

On his arrival at the President’s Residence, President Trump signed the official guest book and wrote, “It is such a great honor to be in Israel and be with all of my great friends”.

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  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, today (Monday, 22 May 2017), at Ben-Gurion International Airport, welcomed US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania with an honor guard.

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President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday , at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, received the diplomatic credentials of the new Ambassadors to Israel from Thailand and Spain. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.

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