On Thursday night, October 13th, the Tel Aviv municipality building overlooking Rabin Square glowed red and yellow in honor of Fiesta Nacional de España—Spain’s national holiday and Armed Forces Day. At the Spanish Embassy’s annual party, Israeli, Spanish and international diplomats, military attaches, and local political and business leaders enjoyed an evening of wine, cheese, and authentic Spanish musical performances.

 

Ambassador Fernando Carderera opened the evening, which also commemorated 30 years of Israeli-Spanish diplomatic relations, by listing the educational and cultural events that had been planned as part of the celebration, culminating with a Goya exhibition opening in December at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The Ambassador mentioned the recent visit to Israel by the King of Spain to attend the funeral of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, as a sign of the strong ties between the two nations. Ambassador Carderera stressed Spain’s opposition to any boycotts of Israel, and then offered a toast to the heads of state of both countries, Spain’s King Felipe VI and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin and to the continued friendship of Israel and Spain.

 

Israeli Knesset member Gilad Erdan, Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs spoke next and mentioned the long legacy of Jews in Spain, including the many scholars like Maimonides. He praised Spain’s recent efforts to address the damage caused during the Inquisition and expulsion of Jews from Iberia in the 15th century by recent legislature allowing descendants of Spanish Jews to gain Spanish citizenship. Erdan also talked about Spain’s role in promoting peace talks, especially during the Madrid Accords. Finally he mentioned the cultural bonds that Israelis and Spaniards share, including the many Israelis supporting Real Madrid, Barcelona, and other Spanish football clubs. 

 

Following Mr. Erdan’s speech, a representative of the Tel Aviv municipality spoke on behalf of Mayor Ron Huldai and the municipality. The guests were then shown a short film highlighting Spanish achievements, before enjoying live music and dance performances by Spanish performers, to ensure that the evening was a true Fiesta

 

 

Article wirtten by  Steven Aiello  founder and director of the "Debate for Peace program"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Four Central American Nations Celebrate Their National Day

 

On September 15, 2016, the diplomatic missions in Israel of the  Republics of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica, celebrated the 195th anniversary of the independence of Central America at a reception they hosted in Tel Aviv at King David Hall , at Dan Tel Aviv Hotel , for the diplomatic corps accredited to Israel, leaders of the business community and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund, and citizens of Central America residing in Israel.

 

 

Guests were welcomed in an address by the Ambassador of the Republic of El Salvador, Mr. Werner Matias Romero, on behalf of the Ambassadors of Central America ( HE José Isaías Barahona, Ambassador of Honduras, HE Alfredo Vásquez, Ambassador of Guatemala, and HE Esteban Penrod, Ambassador of Costa Rica) . The full text of the remarks by Ambassador Romero appears below.

 

The State of Israel was represented by Mrs. Galit Sashó, the Director of  Culture of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and Mr. Modi Ephraim, head of the Latin American and Caribbean desk of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In her message of congratulations on behalf of the State of Israel, Mrs. Sashó recalled with gratitude the role the nations of Central America played in supporting the United Nations resolution creating the State of Israel and praised the activities of Israel’s Agency for International Development Corporation (Mashav) in Central America.  

 

The official ceremony commenced with the playing of the national anthems of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Israel.

 

 

 During the course of the evening, Mr. Hernán Felman, KKL World Vice President, was presented with a plaque by His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Guatemala, Mr. Alfredo Vásquez, for the organization's generous support and close relations with the Central American countries. Mr. Felman expressed his gratitude for this honor.

 
 
The final address of the evening was delivered by the ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica, Mr. Esteban Penrod.
 

The evening commenced with a buffet of Central American foods and concluded with a buffet of desserts representing the cuisines of the four host countries.

 

The portal www.diplomacy.co.il congratulates the four countries on on the occasion of their national day.

 

Remarks of the Ambassador of the Republic of El Salvador, Mr. Werner Matias Romero, on the occasion of the 195th anniversary of the independence of Central America:

 

Dear friends, Queridos amigos, Erev tov, buenas noches, good evening. I’m Werner Matías Romero, Ambassador of El Salvador to Israel. It is an honour for me to address you tonight on behalf of my colleagues (HE José Isaías Barahona, Ambassador of Honduras, HE Alfredo Vásquez, Ambassador of Guatemala, and HE Esteban Penrod, Ambassador of Costa Rica) on the occasion of the 195th anniversary of our independence. First, I want to acknowledge the presence of the Honourable Galit Wahba Shasho, Director of Culture, representing the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miri Regev. Let me also thank KKL-JNF, in particular Hernan Felman, its Vice Chairman here with us, and Ariel Goldgewicht, a fellow Central American, for their generosity in making this celebration possible. Dear members of the Knesset, Israeli government officials, ambassadors and diplomatic representatives, friends of Central America and fellow Central Americans, to all of you, my colleagues and I offer a warm welcome. Let me start by wishing a speedy recovery for Shimon Peres, who is in hospital tonight, a titan of this great democracy, Israel. President Peres, we hope you can return home soon to be with your family.

 

A nuestros compatriotas centroamericanos: costarricenses, guatemaltecos, hondureños y salvadoreños, en esta ocasión en la que celebramos el centésimo nonagésimo quinto aniversario de la independencia de Centroamérica, permítanme invitarles a que reflexionemos sobre el sueño de la Gran Patria Centroamericana. Y recordemos todos juntos lo que nos une, nuestra historia, nuestra geografía, nuestras costas bañadas por dos océanos, ríos majestuosos, apacibles lagos y soberbios volcanes, pero sobre todo nuestra raza, nuestra gente, nuestro mestizaje. One hundred ninety-five years ago, the original five Central American lands (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) declared their independence from Spain and were born as the “Provincias Unidas del Centro de América” (the United Provinces of the Central America).

 

That federation lasted only 16 years, and those provinces became the countries we are today, four of which have diplomatic representations here in Israel. Yet since that day in 1821, we Central Americans have known that we remain part of the same fatherland -- our narrow, beautiful, at times troubled isthmus. And we know that our prosperity depends on us remaining at peace and strengthening our ties of economic cooperation and integration. We Central Americans have been integrating our economies since the 1960s. Today our main multilateral forum is the Central American Integration System, or SICA in Spanish. Launched in 1991, SICA now includes the sister nations of Panama, Belize and the Dominican Republic. Our eight countries work together to pursue regional political dialogue, meet climate and environmental challenges, and share expertise in improving social programmes, with the goal of helping our people lead healthier and more secure lives.

 

Perhaps the area in which we have advanced the most is trade. We have negotiated joint trade agreements with all our most important partners, including the United States, the European Union, Mexico, Colombia and Chile, and we are currently engaged in negotiations with South Korea. These agreements guarantee access for our products to those markets and facilitate investment in our countries. At the same time, we continue to deepen economic integration amongst ourselves and are well underway toward completing a Customs Union, so products can move from one country to another without barriers. Central America is a geographically strategic region. We are blessed with rich biodiversity and long coastlines on both the Atlantic and Pacific. With a combined population of more than 50 million, we offer investors a large market. But we also face challenges together. Our region faces serious issues of violence due to gang activity, organized crime and drug trafficking. We are committed to tackling these problems jointly.

 

That is why we have created the Central American Security Strategy, or ESCA, a comprehensive effort for better sharing of information, strengthening judicial and police institutions, and intervention at the community level to prevent violence. A big part of ESCA’s work has also been to apply cooperation from friendly countries that have faced problems similar to ours. We have created a group known as the Friends of ESCA, made up of governments and international financial agencies that are bringing expertise and aid to help us face these unprecedented security challenges. Israel is not part of that group, and those of us here tonight, and my government in particular, would very much like it to be. For that to happen, Israel would have to first become an extra-regional observer to SICA, and we will continue to support that aspiration very strongly, both in our contacts with Israeli authorities and within the Central American group itself.

 

Israel has been a good friend of Central America over the years, and Central America has been a good friend to Israel since its establishment in 1948, the year all our nations recognized the newly born State of Israel. Moreover, all our countries have thriving Jewish communities that have played important roles in government, the arts and business. In the context of this shared history of cooperation and friendship, we have seen a constant stream of high-level delegations from Central America to Israel in the last 12 months, all with practical agendas for strengthening ties. Last October, President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras, a MASHAV alumnus, led an official delegation whose visit concluded with commitments to expand cooperation in agriculture and water management, areas important not only to Honduras but to Central America as a whole. Currently Guatemala is preparing for a visit to Israel in the next few months by President Jimmy Morales, who took office this year and will lead a delegation of key officials. Costa Rica is organizing a visit by its Trade Minister, which will surely advance trade and investment in both directions. As for El Salvador, we are working with Israel on a third round of consultations to review our bilateral agenda, which will include political dialogue, enhanced cooperation and trade and investment possibilities.

 

Our governments see great opportunities in the “Start-up Nation”. And Israelis are increasingly discovering the investment opportunities offered by our countries individually and as a region. We, Central American and Israeli officials, have to work together to develop this potential. In this endeavour, not only the exchange of visits by officials, but the enhancement of our diplomatic presence, ours in Israel and Israel’s in Central America, is fundamental. That is why we have been surprised by the withdrawal of Israel’s diplomatic presence in our region. Israel this year has closed two embassies, both of them in our region, one in my own country El Salvador and the other the elimination of a roving Israeli ambassador to the Caribbean nations based in New York. As a friend of Israel, it pains my country and me personally to see the Israeli flag coming down anywhere in the world. This is particularly unfortunate in a region that has gained so much from cooperation with Israel in the past and could benefit from Israel’s good sense and expertise now more than ever.

 

Our region has suffered the scourges of war and forced migration. But we have worked hard to create better institutions, more prosperous economies, and democratic systems that allow all interests to have a voice and a stake in society. All of us, whatever our differences, understand that dialogue is the only means to achieve lasting peace and reconciliation. It is for this reason, and informed by our own experiences, that our countries continue to support a negotiated, two-state solution that will bring peace to Israel and Palestine, two nations that deserve no less. We Central Americans understand better than anybody that peace comes through dialogue - - not imposition – and that negotiated solutions take time and good faith. We trust that, despite all the setbacks to the peace process, the Israeli and Palestinian authorities and peoples will not lose sight of this reality. [pause] When we Central Americans get together, as we do tonight, you might hear us talking about football -- in which we have some epic rivalries -- or politics back home. But you may also hear us mentioning a figure from our independence struggle, Francisco Morazán, who fought the Spaniards and then spent his life fighting to keep Central America together as a single country, unsuccessfully. He was a liberal reformer, born in Honduras, died in Costa Rica and buried in El Salvador, and still a controversial figure today. You’ll still hear people mention el sueño de Morazán, the dream of Morazán, that is, the dream of a unified Central America. We are still working towards the dream of Morazán, although not exactly in the way he envisioned. By integrating our economies and building cooperation in every field, we are working towards realizing his dream of a united, modern and prosperous Central America. We hope Israel will continue to support and be part of that dream. Thank you, toda raba, muchas gracias.

  

 
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On September 27, 2016, the diplomatic mission in Israel of the People’s Republic of China celebrated the 67th anniversary of Chinese independence by hosting a reception at the Smolarz Auditorium of Tel Aviv University for the diplomatic corps, Israeli political leaders and distinguished guests.

 

 

Following a buffet of Western and Chinese delicacies and the singing of the national anthems of the PRC and Israel, guests were addressed by the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Zhan Yongxin. The full text of the remarks by Ambassador Zhan appears below.

 

 

The State of Israel was represented by Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, who congratulated the PRC on the anniversary of its independence on behalf of the government of Israel.  

 

 

Among the many VIP guests in attendance were Tourism Minister Yariv Levin; former Ambassador and Minister Moshe Arens; Commander of the IDF Search and Rescue Brigade Colonel Yoram Laredo; Ms. Vered Pear Swid, Director General, Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women at the Prime Minister's Office; Asher Ben Artzi, former Chief Superintendent of the Israel Police; Tal Brody, Goodwill Ambassador and former Captain of Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Team and Mrs. Brody.

 

 

 

 

 

The program for the evening was organized by the Chinese People"s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and featured the Beijing Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Yang Hongnian and Yang Li and accompanied by pianist Wang Tianyang. The children’s choir performed Chinese and Israeli songs.

 

 

The evening concluded with drinks and desserts.

 

The portal www.Diplomacy.co.il congratulates the People’s Republic of China on its National Day.

 

 

 

 

 

Remarks by H. E. Ambassador Zhan Yongxin:

 

Your Excellency Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, Minister Yariv Levin, Respected Mr. Alex Gilady, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,

Good Evening! Erev Tov!

I am more than happy to have all of you with us here to celebrate the 67th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Sixty-seven years of the establishment of new China have witnessed profound developments. 1.37 billion Chinese people have changed their lives and fates through hard work. Thanks to Chinese people’s perseverance, resolve and dedication, we have succeeded in turning China into the world’s second largest economy, the biggest trader of goods, the third largest direct overseas investor, and lifted over 700 million people out of poverty, and pushed China’s per capita GDP up to 8,000 US dollars. My generation is the direct witness of this dramatic change. When I was young, I could only have peanuts on Chinese new year. But now, younger generation avoid eating peanuts to keep fit.

 

Dear friends,

As China’s economy grows in size and influence and its interaction with the rest of the world deepens, the prospect of China’s economy has drawn international attention. Many people wonder whether China can keep steady growth? How will China’s economy continue to act as a pushing force for the world economy?

China’s economy, after 38 years of reform and opening-up, has entered a new normal, a stage China cannot bypass if we are to upgrade its economy and make it better structured. The way of growth, speed and quality of development have entered transitional period which is quite similar to a person's growing process, a rapid growing before the age of 18 and a gradually mature progress after.

 

Judging from this year’s performance, China’s economic development has done a good job. Its GDP grew by 6.7%, the final consumption expenditure contributed 73.4% to GDP, and the added value of the tertiary industry took up 54.1% of GDP. We have reasons to believe that China will embrace even better prospects and make still greater contribution to the world. We shall not be overly excited about some rebounding indexes, nor should we be overly panicking about some falling ones. All in all, Chinese economy is great in foundation, strong in toughness and large in leeway. We have faith and ability in keeping our economy developing in medium-to-high speed growth.

 

As we are living in a global village, each country should rely on one-another to pursue sustainable growth. During the G20 Summit, China came up with an initiative of jointly building an innovative, open, interconnected and inclusive world economy. The essence is to take innovation as the driving force, uphold the spirit of openness and interconnection and pursue the goal of inclusiveness, so as to let growth and development benefit all countries and peoples.  

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,

Let me move onto China’s diplomacy. Foreign Affairs are the extension of domestic affairs. We have already set out goals, and are uniting all our people in a common effort to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation. Chinese diplomacy is to serve this overriding domestic objective. We are committed to the path of peaceful development. It is rooted in China’s long and profound historical and cultural tradition and is crucial to our development. We’d like to maintain friendship with all countries and peoples, on the basis of Five Principles of Peaceful Co-existence. We are also ready to provide more public goods to the international community. The Belt and Road Initiatives and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank are just a few examples. Here, I’d like to stress that China’s opening drive is not a one-man show. Rather, it is an invitation open to all. It is not a pursuit to establish China’s own sphere of influence, but to support common development of all countries. It is not meant to build China’s own backyard garden, but a garden shared by all countries. As an old Chinese saying goes:“Joy shared with others are more enjoyed.”

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,

Thanks to joint efforts made by Chinese and Israeli governments and our two peoples, the friendly and cooperative bilateral relations between China and Israel have been maintaining a strong momentum. Frequent political exchanges and dynamic mutual visits take place at all levels. Last week, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress H.E. Mr. ZHANG Dejiang visited Israel, the highest level visit in the past 16 years. Your Speaker of Knesset H.E. Mr. Yuli Yoel Edelstein paid an official visit to China in April. Besides, our Vice Premier of State Council Mme. LIU Yandong visited Israel last March and co-chaired with PM Netanyahu the second meeting of China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation.

 

While our political mutual trust is strengthening, the economic and trade links are also expanding. China is now Israel's largest trading partner in Asia, third largest trading partner in the world, and largest goods supplier. China and Israel have also carried out extensive people-to-people exchange. Hainan Airlines opened a route between Beijing and Tel Aviv in April, the mutual issuing of Ten Years Visa will come into effect soon. In the first half of this year, the growth rate of Chinese tourists coming to Israel reached around 50% compared with last year. It is also worth mentioning that Israeli football star Mr. Eran Zahavi has been recently awarded by H.E. Mr. Shimon Peres the Ambassador of Peace and Good Relations with China for his outstanding achievement in promoting the friendship between the two peoples through sport.

 

Mr. Shimon Peres is a dear friend of Chinese People. He is highly respected in China for his resolute commitment in the pursuit of regional peace and his tireless effort in promoting Israel-China relations. We are very much concerned with his current health situation. During the visit by our NPC Chairman Zhang Dejiang last week, Chairman Zhang sent the accompanying Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming to pay a good-will visit to Sheba Medical Center and meet with Mr. Peres’s family. We wish him a speedy recovery.

 

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel. In the past 25 years, we respected each other and enhanced our friendship persistently. Looking into the future, we have every reason to believe that our efforts to build a multifaceted partnership will get substantial achievements.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,

Younger generation is the hope to the future of our two countries and the China-Israel relations. Tonight, lovely kids from China will present their wishes for the prosperity, development and better friendship between the two countries. Wish you a pleasant evening.

 

In conclusion, I would like to propose a toast,

For the 67th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China!

For the friendship between the Chinese and the Israeli peoples!

For your good health!

 

Cheers! Le Haim!

 

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President Rivlin hosts Rosh Hashanah reception for foreign ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps serving in Israel

 

 

 

President Reuven & First Lady Nechama Rivlin today (Thursday) held a festive reception at his residence for foreign ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps serving in Israel, to honor the upcoming festival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Attending were 90 ambassadors and diplomats representing countries from around the world, including Israel’s neighboring countries Egypt and Jordan.

 

“Thank you for joining us to raise a toast and celebrate the new Jewish year,” began the President, and added, “I want to start by saying that Israel is proud of our cooperation with each of your nations; we are proud of the friendships that we are building, between us, and between our peoples. In the past year we have worked hard to build networks, and strengthen our ties and cooperation.” He stressed, “We are especially happy with the growing partnerships and friendships with our neighbors in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. I see these opportunities as a way to build a better future for all the people in our region.”

 

The President noted that in the Rosh Hashanah liturgy, “We say that it is decided, ‘Who will live and who will die, who by water and who by fire, who will rest and who will wander, who will have calm, and who will be troubled’.” He observed that “This last year in our region we have seen many die by fire, and when trying to find safety many have died by water. We have seen many people wander, and many people face troubles. These terrible facts are not the actions of God, they are the evil deeds of man pretending to speak in the name of God,” and told the ambassadors and diplomats attending, “to stand up to this terrible threat needs the brave actions of man. This is a duty for all of us.”

 

The President said, “I don’t believe we have forgotten our values, but if this were to be true the whole free world would be in danger of sacrificing everything that we sacrificed for: freedom, liberty, and democracy.”

 

He concluded, “This year, on Rosh Hashanah, it will be my prayer that the world will focus on the politics of values on which our society was built. That we will remember, that beneath the politics are people; men, women and children, of all faiths, and all nations. I hope that all their voices will be heard fairly, equal before the law, and equal in society.”

 

Dean of the Diplomatic Corps a.i, Ambassador of Dominican Republic, H.E. Mr. Alexander de la Rosa also addressed the event, and thanked the President and First Lady for their warm welcome and hospitality. He said, “On behalf of the Diplomatic Corps, I wish to the State of Israel, its Government, and all the Jewish people a happy New Year.”

 

He added that he hoped this year, “The negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians will be a reality, and the two sides will solve all the differences that exist between them.” He added, that the world today faced the challenge of “terrorism, which targets the social democracy, and human rights,” and added that there should be “condemnation of terrorism in all its manifestations”. He concluded, “I wish that the progress and flourishing of the Israeli economy will continue to rise,” and that, “Israel will continue its high standard in all the medical, scientific, and technological cooperation projects, providing knowledge and solutions for the world.”

 

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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.”

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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 Add a comment

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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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  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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President Reuven Rivlin this morning (Wednesday), met at his residence in Jerusalem with a delegation visiting Israel, made up of Jordanian sheikhs representing different tribes from across Jordanian society, from Irbid, Zarqa, and Amman. Also participating in the meeting were senior members of the, Middle East Department, of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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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Just across the Ayalon Freeway from the Azrieli Center, in a mixed residential and office neighborhood, is a bistro barely one year old that is already making a name for itself.

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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MARKET MOVERS article

NMS : YHOO - 01 Jan,
-52.58 (-100.00%) After Hours:
Open Mktcap
High 52wk Hight
Low 52wk Low
Vol 0 Avg Vol
Eps 0.71 P/e
Currency:

Alphabet Inc.

NMS : GOOG - 26 Jun, 4:00pm
952.27
-13.32 (-1.38%) After Hours:
Open 969.90 Mktcap 658.73B
High 973.31 52wk Hight 988.25
Low 950.79 52wk Low 663.28
Vol 1.60M Avg Vol 1.60M
Eps 33.91 P/e 32.18
Currency: USD

Apple Inc.

NMS : AAPL - 26 Jun, 4:00pm
145.82
-0.46 (-0.31%) After Hours:
Open 147.17 Mktcap 760.28B
High 148.28 52wk Hight 156.65
Low 145.38 52wk Low 91.50
Vol 25.69M Avg Vol 27.24M
Eps 8.94 P/e 17.11
Currency: USD