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On 28th May, the Embassy of Argentina in Israel commemorated its National Day with a warm and exciting reception.

The ambassador of Argentina, H.E. Mariano  A. Caucino and his wife Barbara held a reception at the ambassador’s residence in Herzliya Pituach commemorating the Day of the Revolution of May 1810 and its 70° anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel.

When arriving at the residency, the staff gave to every guest a cloth pin with the traditional light blue and white colors of the Argentinean flag.

The ambassador and his wife, together with the military attaches, received the guests warmly. Traditional Argentine dance music (Milonga) played in the background. The festive environment was completed with a big flag made by lights showing the colors of Argentina, and with flower vases with the colors of the flag that gave a special frame to the festive day.

Israeli Minister of Social Equality Mrs. Gila Gamliel, the secretary of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister, Tzachi Braverman and Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg attended as honored guests.

The formal part of the event started with the anthems of Argentina and Israel. The ambassador mentioned that Argentina was celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations with Israel. He congratulated the Argentinean Jewish community in Israel and said that he since arriving in Israel he has gotten to know many of them and to witness their achievements in many areas.

The ambassador 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 was blown up by terrorists, killing more than 100 people and leaving hundreds of wounded. He expressed that he advocates for the fight against terror, highlighting the international effort to strengthen the security of “our peoples. "


In a warm ceremony, the ambassador gave Prof. Manuel Trajtenberg, a former ex-member of the Knesset and distinguished Israeli economist born in Argentina, a diploma in which he was recognized that night with the award given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina as one of the “Most Influential Argentinians in the World 2019."

A recording of the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, was played next, congratulating Argentineans on the occasion of the Day of Revolution of May

Then the ambassador handed the microphone to Minister Gamliel who said: "It is an honor and a pleasure for me to represent the Government and the people of Israel in the celebration of the 209th Independence Day of Argentina, and 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries”. “After the visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu in September 2017, the relationship between our two countries has received new energy and vigor. Since then, we have increased cooperation in many areas, including agriculture, innovation, and cultural relations, to mention just a few.

And while we talk about cooperation, we must mention the participation of Israel this year in the BAPA 40 Conference that took place in Argentina with the purpose of strengthening cooperation in the area of development among the countries of the South”.

She also mentioned that several Argentine mayors and governors visited Israel this year.

and that "The close relationship between our two countries is also due to the great and vibrant Jewish community in Argentina, as well as to the large community of Argentines who live here in Israel".

She also expressed: "It would be negligent not to mention the terrorist attacks against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992 and the Jewish Community Center in 1994, which claimed the lives of many and caused many more injuries.

Our expectation is that, after many years have elapsed, the investigation of the attacks will finally be completed and those responsible for its planning and execution will be brought to justice for their horrible acts.

To our dismay, Iran, the country unambiguously responsible for the attacks in Argentina in the 1990s continues, to this day, presenting a real and present threat to world peace through its support for terrorist activities throughout the world.  To this end, we urge the Argentine government to include Hizbollah, Iran's representative, on the list of international terrorist organizations”.

The Minister congratulated the cooperation that began this year between the two countries on the issue of financing of terrorism.

She added: "We are also witnessing the worldwide rise of anti-Semitism and attacks on Jews throughout the world, and yes, unfortunately in Argentina as well”.

"We hope that all governments take a firm stand and will use an iron fist to combat this unpleasant phenomenon”

In conclusion, she expressed her gratitude to Ambassador Caucino and to all the staff of the Argentine Embassy in Israel for everything they’ve done, and she said she is sure that they will continue to make, a very important contribution to the deepening and expansion of relations between both countries.

Finally, she requested the Ambassador to convey the best wishes of the government and the people of Israel to the government and the people of Argentina on this, their Independence Day and she made a toast, “I raise my glass to wish Argentina a future of peace, stability, security, and prosperity.

The distinguished guests at the event included Amit Titelman President of the Chamber of Commerce Israel AMLAT, the producers Yair Dori and Freddy Zyskrot, a delegation from the CREA Group of entrepreneurs of the agricultural sector who are visiting in Israel, a delegation of officers and non-commissioned officers who attend training courses in Israel, Representatives of the MADA Latino Maguen David Adom, who will soon travel to Latin America, clerics of Argentine origin, representatives of the KKL, ambassadors, businessmen, and other representatives of the Argentine and South American Community.

Throughout the night guests enjoyed the background music of the main Argentine artists while savoring delicious empanadas, Argentinian wines and of course exquisite alfajores of homemade cornstarch for dessert.

On behalf of the Diplomatic Portal in Israel, www.diplomacy.co.il, of Israelenlinea.com, of my team and of all Argentines living in Israel, we congratulate Ambassador Caucino for the excellent work he has done, we feel proud to be able to count on him, with his wife Barbara and of the excellent team from the embassy.  For many years more... Cheers!

 Youtube    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD177i_XBtE  by Stella Szpira
Photos by Silvia Golan
Mihal Mizrahi is a member of DebateforPeace