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President Reuven Rivlin this morning (Tuesday), at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, received the diplomatic credentials of the new Ambassadors to Israel, from Nepal, Honduras, Brazil, and Tanzania. 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'.

 

First to present her credentials was the new Ambassador of Nepal, H.E. Mr. Niranjan Kumar Thapa. President Rivlin welcomed him and said, “I would like to send my congratulations to the newly elected Prime Minister, we hope he will have a very successful term once again to lead his people. I would like to also say, that democracy is not too easy, but nevertheless democracy is the only way that people can live along with each other, sometimes with differences of opinion, and I congratulate the democracy of Nepal.”

The President noted, “We have here a large community of students from Nepal, sharing ideas, together with the MASHAV program, they are learning and then return to your country and use what they have learned here, and we hope we can strengthen the ties between our students and our universities. We have connections also between Israeli companies between Israeli and Nepalese companies, and I would like to see the relationship between our two countries grow. I am sure with you here as ambassador we can achieve this.”
He concluded, “We know that you help a lot the many Israelis who visit your country and we hope you will also feel at home here.”
Ambassador Thapa thanked the President and noted, “I am extremely happy to present my credentials here as Ambassador of Nepal to the State of Israel. Our countries are good friends and we are working together.” Speaking of the Israeli aid efforts to his country following the devastating earthquake in Nepal in2015, the Ambassador said, “I remember the 264 Israelis and 95 tons of equipment and the temporary hospital they set up, and the wonderful work they did in rescue and relief. So many Nepalese people benefited, and survived because of this. The Nepalese people will never forget this help, and will always be grateful to Israel.”
He added, “Our country is an agriculturally based country, and we want to know your agricultural know-how,” and said that he was proud of the many Israelis who visited Nepal each year, and expressed his desire to see that number grow.
He concluded, “Our relations have a long history, we will always support Israel in international forums.”

 

 

 Next, new Ambassador of Honduras, H.E. Mr. Mario Edgardo Castillo Mendoza who had served for many years in his country’s military, presented the President with his credentials. The President thanked him and said, “We know very well how you have dedicated your life to the security of your people, and the ability of your people to live in peace, and we appreciate this very much.” He added, “I want to send my best regards to the President, who visited us twice recently. We are proud that he is the first graduate of the MASHAV program to have become a head of state. He is a great friend of Israel.”

He added, “We have recently signed an MOU, and we have many connections not only in security, but in agriculture, in water, in innovation. We are looking to increase this cooperation.”
Ambassador Mendoza said, “It is an honor to be here, we appreciate the kindness we have received from Israeli people. I bring my President’s warm regards, and we hope that in the future you will be able to visit Honduras.”

 

 

 

Ambassador of Brazil, H.E. Mr. Paulo Cesar Meira De Vasconcellos then arrived to present President Rivlin with his credentials. President Rivlin congratulated him and said, “The relationship between us and Brazil is very important.” President Rivlin asked the Ambassador to convey his warm wishes to the President of Brazil, who he noted was a great friend of the historic and important Brazilian Jewish community. He added, “We are extending our relationships. I believe that we can cooperate, and know that the economic relationship between is enjoying high levels and we can extend this even further with our abilities in innovation. We are both dealing with food security, and all around the world we are trying to help around the world. This can help bring prosperity to the whole world. We are looking forward.”

He said, “There is not even one Brazilian who does not know the connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem. Even UNESCO cannot change that. The decision should be forgotten, it should really be changed, and I would urge the Brazilian Government to reconsider their vote. There are sometimes between friends times to agree to disagree, but to say that Jerusalem is not part of Jewish history is just not a fact.”
The Brazilian Ambassador thanked President Rivlin and said, “Our friendship dates to the creation of the State of Israel. As far as bilateral relations we have many fields of cooperation, science and technology, defense, and trade, and we have to improve that, and I will devote myself to that positive agenda between our countries.”

 

 

 

Finally, H.E. Mr. Job Daudi Masima, new Ambassador of Tanzania, who had for the first time opened an embassy in Israel, presented his credentials to the President.

The President noted the importance of the occasion and said, “We are making history. We are very honored to welcome you in friendship. I know how our Prime Minister was welcomed, and your President participated in the convention that took place in Africa. We see Africa as the future. We see Africa as the people and the ideas of tomorrow, and pay great attention to cooperation with Africa, and the relationship with your people is very important to us.”
Ambassador Masima placed a traditional skullcap on his head and recited the Hebrew blessing for new and good tidings, Shecheyanu. He thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “It is a privilege to be appointed as the first resident Ambassador of Tanzania to the State of Israel.” He added, “Tanzania and Israel are separated by great distances, but our strong bond of affection, mutual confidence, common interests and a similar outlook remain inextricably linked. Therefore, I assure Your Excellency of the Government of Tanzania’s continued and unshakable desire to broaden, deepen, and consolidate those excellent relations between our nations.”

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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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)

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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  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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The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen, on 17 May to discuss Israel's
successful participation in Horizon 2020, European Union's research and innovation funding programme.

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On the eve of the Shavuot holiday, the Society for the Promotion of Tourism in Herzliya, in conjunction with the Grape Man, is hosting the White Summer White Wine Festival at the Herzliya Marina. The largest white wine festival in Israel will take place on the plaza of the marina on Wednesday and Thursday, May 24-25, 2017.

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The delegation of sheikhs were visiting Israel for five days, during which they met with different faces from across Israeli society, deepening the understanding between the peoples.

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In the words of chef-owner Daniella Berneman Fleishman herself, “On the border of Tel Aviv and Givatayim, I have opened a place that is the realization of a dream, combining my passion for hosting and love of food, where delicious food is served in a an atmosphere of home hospitality.”

Daniella has become popular with diverse audiences: workers from the adjacent office buildings during the day, families in the evening, and young people late at night. Parking on weekdays is only in paid parking garages, but there is plenty of free parking on evenings and weekends.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visited the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and met with Chemi Peres on Thursday (11.5) to promote interfaith relations and hear from Young Ambassadors for Peace

The Most Reverend Welby said: "Shimon Peres always supported and worked for peace initiatives. I am glad that we have people like you – Christian, Muslim, and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli – who continue in this vision. We need you. You are our future. I will support you."

Chemi Peres: "You young people must not wait for an end to the conflict, but must trust yourselves and work together to move us forward."

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