On May 23 a reception commemorating the May Revolution of 1810 was held in the elegant residence of the new Ambassador of Argentina in Israel, H.E. Mr. Mariano A. Caucino and his wife Mrs. Barbara Caucino. The event commemorated the first successful revolution in the process of independence of the countries of South America, which until then depended on the king of Spain
As is traditional in this festive day, each gift was given an “escarapela” with the Argentinian national symbol - the blue and white colors of the Argentine Flag. The escarapela’s were given to each by members of the Embassy to be worn on the chest. The residence, located in Herzliya Pituach, was also adorned with vases whose interior highlighted blue and white flowers
Argentine musicians, who came especially for the event, Federico Mizrahi and Gustavo (bandoneon), together with the singer Bar Pinto, delighted the audience with their songs, especially tangos and milongas.
The Minister of Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis, a member of the Israeli parliament of Argentinean origin Haim Yelin, and the Head of the Protocol for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Meron Reuben, arrived as guests of honor.
Among the guests were Dani Gazit, former Ambassador of Israel in Argentina, the producers Yair Dori and Freddy Zyskrot, the Executive Director of the Israel Latin American Chamber of Commerce Gabriel Hayon, Leon Amiras and Mario Lev, Olei; the businessman Carlos Begas, Superintendent Moti Meiry representative of the Israeli Police, the singer Rachi, psychologist-actress Eleonora Berlante, filmmaker Jorge Gurvich, as well as clerics of Argentinean origin, ambassadors, representatives of the JNF-KKL, business people and other prominent members of the Argentinean and South American community in Israel.
There was plenty of Quilmes beer, exquisite homemade empanadas of meat, corn, cheese and onion and the delicious “alfajores de maicena”.
The ambassador offered a warm welcome to the guests, saying: "Argentina celebrates 70 years of diplomatic relations with Israel, at this moment the relationship between the countries is the best throughout the 70 years, and proof of this is the visit from Prime Minister Netanyahu to Buenos Aires, the first of an Israeli prime minister in all of history, who chose to begin his tour of Latin America in Buenos Aires.
I congratulate the Argentine community in Israel, having already had the opportunity to meet several members of the community who occupy prominent positions in a variety of areas."
The Ambassador expressed that he would like to deepen the bilateral relationship and promoting shared values of respect for human rights, human dignity, and progress, in addition to strengthening the ties of scientific, technological and educational cooperation.
He recalled that Argentina was not exempt from acts of extremism, mentioning the attacks on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 and the AMIA building in 1994 that were blown up by terrorists, killing more than 100 people and leaving hundreds of wounded.
He expressed that he pleads for the fight against terror highlighting the international effort to strengthen the security of our peoples
He thanked the members of the Jewish community in Argentina, stating that without their talented members, Argentina and the world would not be the same.
Then the Minister of Science, Technology, and Space, Ofir Akunis, addressed a few words congratulating the new Argentine ambassador in Israel in his new administration mentioning the special bonds of friendship of the two countries:
“It is an honor and my pleasure to participate this evening in Argentina’s 208th National Day celebrations, as well as celebrating 69 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries. Over the years, these relations have been expressed through active, creative and robust cooperation in many different areas. This relationship has also been significantly strengthened through the contributions of the large and warm Jewish community in Argentina, as well as those of the many Argentinian expats living in Israel.
On this occasion, I feel an inevitable obligation to remember and remind us all of the tragic terrorist attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 and the Jewish Community Center in 1994, which took the lives of so many and left an open wound in both Argentina and Israel. This year, on the 26th anniversary of the attack on the embassy, an Israeli delegation made up of family members of the victims visited Argentina. The presence of many official representatives in the ceremony that was held at the National Remembrance Museum, demonstrated the commitment of the present government in Argentina to the memory of this tragic event. We are all now full of hope that after so many long years of waiting, the investigation of these attacks will soon be completed and those responsible will finally be brought to justice. Unfortunately, Iran, which was responsible for these attacks in the 90’s, continues until this day to threaten regional stability by means of its use of terrorism and outright military force.
Your Excellency the Ambassador and respected guests, over the past year, following the change in government in Argentina, we have seen a significant continuation in the improvement of relations between our two countries: For the first time, an acting Prime Minister of Israel visited the South American continent and chose to begin his visit in Argentina. At the beginning of this year, the Vice President of Argentina, Gabriela Michetti, visited Israel as the head of an economic delegation. And at the same time, expectations continue to rise over the creation of ever closer and warmer relations between us, an increase in trade, cultural and scientific exchanges and of course a rise in reciprocal tourism.
In conclusion, Your Excellency the Ambassador, again, please convey the best wishes of the Government and the people of Israel to the government and the people of Argentina on this, your National Day. We wish you many years of peace, stability, security, and prosperity.
At the end of the event, some guests talked about the Argentina - Israel friendly football match, which was sold out within hours of opening the sale lines
Israeli fans will have the opportunity to see global stars Lionel Messi, who plays for Barcelona; Sergio “Kun” Aguero of Manchester City in the United Kingdom; and Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain. The match comes just one week before the start of the World Cup, so the Argentines will fly directly from Israel to Russia. The Israeli event organizer, Cometc, also posted match details on its website.
www.diplomacy.co.il staff congratulates the Argentinian Government together with The Ambassador and his family, the Embassy Staff and the people of Argentina on this festive occasion. .
Photos by Silvia G. Golan