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 Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of  China H.E. Mr. Cai Run

 

.President of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin on Wednesday 21 April / 9 Iyyar, received diplomatic credentials from the new ambassadors of the People’s Republic of China and of Japan to the State of Israel in an official ceremony at Beit HaNasi. The national anthems of each country were played by the Israel Police Band and the newly-appointed ambassadors reviewed an IDF honor guard. After presenting their letters of credence to the president, each ambassador signed the Beit HaNasi visitors’ book.  

The first to present his credentials to the president was HE Ambassador Cai Run of China. The president said, “China is a key partner in our international relations, and we look forward to marking 30 years of diplomatic relations between our countries next year.” The president spoke about the Iranian threat, noting, “Iran’s nuclear development and it’s proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, are a significant threat to our region. The State of Israel will do everything required to protect its citizens and its borders, and the free world must make it clear to the Iranians that they will not accept its threats to annihilate Israel.”

Ambassador Cai Run thanked the president, saying, “Despite the pandemic, our relations are still growing with some momentum, and I will do all I can to strengthen them even further. As we approach 30 years of diplomatic relations, there is a growth of 20% in Israel-China trade We would like to welcome you to China, where your warm words are received with great thanks.”

 

 

Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of  Japan H.E. Mr. Mizushima Koichi

 

The president then received HE Ambassador Mizushima Koichi of Japan and said “The economic ties and bilateral investments between our country have grown considerably in recent years, and it is vital to promote the free trade agreement between us. Signing the agreement would be a wonderful way to mark 70 years of diplomatic relations.”

The ambassador conveyed the good wishes of the Emperor in light of the challenges of the coronavirus, saying, “Israel was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Japan at the end of the Second World War, and we are deeply grateful for that and for assistance after the earthquake. We believe that human-to-human relations are the most significant factor in ensuring that relations between countries flourish, and I will work in that spirit in this role.”

Photo credit: Mark Neyman (GPO)

 

 

 

Photo  President Rivlin with the first Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Israel Mohamed Mahmoud Fateh Ali Al Khaja

 

President Rivlin hosted the traditional annual reception for the diplomatic and consular corps in Israel, for the last time in his term of office

President Rivlin:

“Alongside countries who are interested in peace, there are still nations and terror organizations who threaten our very existence. Iran threatens the peace and stability in the Middle East and in the entire world. It is playing a dangerous game that could lead to a fire that could get out of control. We will not accept threats to destroy Israel and will do everything we can to stop those who wish to harm us. The attempt to accuse Israel in the International Criminal Court will not succeed. We will fight for justice, and we will win.”

In honor of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day, Yom Haatzmaut, President of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Thursday 15 April / 3 Iyyar, hosted the traditional annual reception for the diplomatic and consular corps in Israel, for the last time in his term of office.

“Over the last years, during my travels abroad and here in Jerusalem, I have had the honor of meeting many world leaders. I have always found a great sense of friendship and appreciation for the State of Israel, for its vibrant democracy, our cultural diversity, and cutting-edge innovation,” said the president, thanking the diplomats for coming to celebrate Israel’s national day.

 

Our nations share the values of democracy and freedom as well as a strong stance against racism and anti-Semitism. I know we have many friends, real friends, and you the diplomatic corps are the heart of our strong bilateral relations, said the president, noting the commitment of leaders around the world to Holocaust remembrance and the strong message against antisemitism that was sounded last January in the gathering to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, held at Beit HaNasi and at Yad Vashem. He added that cooperation became even more important with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, adding that only by working responsibly and in will we be able to overcome it and that the State of Israel is willing to share its knowledge and experience to help these efforts.

“I am proud to say that Israel is, and must always be, a Jewish and democratic State,” said the president, adding that being a Jewish state means ensuring it will be a safe home for all Jewish people all around the world and that being a democratic state means ensuring that all Israelis enjoy equal rights and freedom, freedom of religion and worship.

 

Photo  President Rivlin with the Ambassador-designate of Morocco to Israel Abed al-Rahim

 

The president welcomed the presence of the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates for the first time at the reception, saying, “Alongside countries who are interested in peace, there are still nations and terror organizations who threaten our very existence. In light of these threats, the State of Israel must defend itself and its citizens. It is not just our right to defend our citizens, it is our obligation.

These days Iran threatens the peace and stability in the Middle East and in the entire world. It is playing a dangerous game that could lead to a fire that could get out of control. We will not accept threats to destroy Israel and will do everything we can to stop those who wish to harm us. Israel is a country which, unfortunately, knows terror. We have fought terror, and we have defeated the terrorists. The attempt to accuse Israel in the International Criminal Court will not succeed. We will fight for justice, and we will win, because we are on the right side in this matter.

On this Independence Day we also celebrate the new spirit of peace that is spreading through the Middle East. The rapidly growing people-to-people ties show that the way forward towards peace is by developing people-to-people partnerships and win-win cooperation, rather than by attacking Israel in international institutions. My hope and prayer is that this circle of people-to-people peace will continue to expand, including with our Palestinian neighbors,” said the president adding his blessings for Ramadan Kareem to Israel’s Muslim citizens and to Muslims all around the world, and concluded his remarks by saying “Chag Atzmaut Sameach! Long live the State of Israel!”

  

Photo credits: Haim Zach (GPO)

 

 

 

 

President Rivlin received diplomatic credentials from the first Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the State of Israel

 President Rivlin:

 

“The entire Israeli people welcomes you with joy. This will be your most important mission – to welcome the hands reaching out to you, to meet the Israeli people and to get to know them up close. Treaties are signed by leaders, but real, sustained peace is made between peoples, face to face.”

 

President of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Monday 1 March / 17 Adar, received diplomatic credentials from the first Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the State of Israel, Mohamed Mahmoud Fateh Ali Al Khaja. The ambassador presented his letter of credence on assuming his role as ambassador to the State of Israel, in an official ceremony in the Hall of Beit HaNasi.

 

During the ceremony the national anthems of both countries were played by the Band of the IDF. The ambassador reviewed an IDF honor guard, reduced in size because of the coronavirus restrictions, and signed the Beit HaNasi guest book. The president and the ambassador then delivered joint statements and held a working meeting.

 

“Ahlan wa’Sahlan, Siyadat a-saphir! Marhaba bikum fi-Yerushalayim, f‘il-Quds!,” the president welcomed the amabassador in Arabic, and said that he was happy to meet him and his delegation in Israel, in holy Jerusalem.

 

 

The president said it was a very moving occasion for him as President of Israel, but also a special moment for him as the son of Prof. Yosef Yoel Rivlin ז"ל, who dearly loved the Arabic language and the culture of the peoples of the region. He said, “My father’s life’s work was the translation of the Holy Quran in to Hebrew. My father’s house, not far from here in Jerusalem, was filled with Jewish, Muslim and Christian scholars, who learned from each other and imagined a future of partnership, mutual respect and peace between the sons and daughters of Abraham. In this home I learned that we, the people living here, were not doomed to live together, but destined to do so on this land, to build it, develop it and lead it to a time of peace and prosperity. “

 

We look in wonder at the oasis in the desert that you have created. The Emirati leadership has established, with wisdom, innovation and sense, a state that seeks peace, a hub for technology, economic development and tourism, a place that looks ahead. Our two countries share this ethos – a small people that wish to turn arid land into a blooming garden, against all odds.”

 

“We have nurtured the relations between us for some time, believing that if we waited patiently the time would come when we could take them one step further and deepen the friendship between us and make it public. Thanks to brave and wise leadership, we are fortunate enough to see this wonderful day when the Emirati flag flies beside the Israeli flag over Beit HaNasi, the home of the Israeli people.”

 

“You should know that not only I am moved. The entire Israeli people welcomes you with joy, and opens its arms to you to welcome you to us. And this, Mr. Ambassador, will be your most important mission – to welcome the hands reaching out to you, to meet the Israeli people and to get to know them up close. Treaties are signed by leaders, but real, sustained peace is made people to people, face to face. There are so many things we can do together, Israelis and Emiratis, to advance our peoples and the whole Middle East, to a time of regional cooperation, mutual respect, prosperity and peace.”

 

At the end of his remarks, the president wished the ambassador success on his mission and invited Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zaid to make a state visit to Israel and Jerusalem. “I wish you great success in building this bridgehead between our countries and our peoples. The doors of Beit HaNasi are always open to you. Ahalan wa’Sahlan bikum!”

 

Photo credit: Mark Neyman, GPO

 

 

 

Remembrance Day Ceremony for Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust and Digital exhibition ′′ To Tell the Story Together  ". Event that was hosted by HIT Holon institute of technology in cooperation with Mr. Dan Oryan, Israeli Ambassador to North Macedonia and Director of the Balkan Department at Israeli Foreign Ministry.

The HIT  Commemoration event  and digital exhibition were the culmination of long fruitful partnership in Innovation Technology Actions under Ambassdor Oryan leadership that HIT is partner in cooperation with ′′ Yad Vashem, Bar Ilan University, Azrieli College, Music4life, Word Zionist st Org, ARHAM, Acta non verba . Those important event and digital exhibition again help us to keep the memory trough new innovative ways  instead of sand Parallel with March of the Living we  the Ambassador Oryan and Dr.Levy-Drummer organized each year in Bitila-Monastir, North Macedonia. The other great moment in the event was HIT  President Prof. Eduard Yakubov speech where he tell as about the courage of those Central Asia countries Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, etc, that opened their doors and hard for Jews during the IIWW.

On the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day,  the Holon Institute of Technology  presented a special exhibition to preserve the memory of the Jewish community of Northern Macedonia. On April 8, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) hosted a Memorial ceremony and the launching of a digital exhibition in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of the annual Holocaust memorial days.

The event focused on the special story of the Northern Macedonian community, a small community that was almost entirely destroyed in the Holocaust. 7,144 members of the community from the city of Bitola did not return from the Treblinka death camp to which they were sent in March 1943. This meant the loss of nearly the entire Macedonian Jewish community. In recent years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been leading special efforts to tell the story of this community with the help of a series of initiatives such as coordinated programs for youth from Israel, Germany and northern Macedonia, exhibitions, poetry events and more.

The new digital exhibition was produced by the HIT in partnership with Shlomi Amsalem who curated the original photography exhibition "Memory from its 2019 cancellation", which is at the heart of the new initiative.

 

 

The event was organized and led by H. E. Mr. Dan Oryan, Israeli Ambassador to Northern Macedonia and Director of the Balkan Department at the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mrs. Tony Duchev-levy Director External Relations Manager of HIT the Holon Institute of Technology .

Among the special guests who told their story at the event were Yitzhak Adiges, the well-known manager who told his personal and moving story via Zoom; "Dr. Rachel Levy Drummer, the head of the Association for Memorializing the Jews of Bitola, who shared her own personal story; Professor Edward Yaakobov, the President and CEO of the Holon Institute of Technology, who talked about the Jewish history of Europe and Central Asia, and Israeli Ambassador to Northern Macedonia Dan Oryan, who added that: " The Foreign Ministry attaches great importance to the war on anti-Semitism and to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. The special connection in the exhibition and in the joint activity with the HIT is an innovative collaboration. Together, these things create a language that allows the young generation in Israel and around the world to bring the issue closer. "

 

 

 

The guests also enjoyed a performance by the Music4Life band headed by Mrs. Oprah Cohen.

 

 

You are cordially invited to see the exhibition at the following link : "Tell the story together" - https://hit-vitrina.webflow.io/

 

Photos Silvia G. Golan 

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  Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador Yevgen Korniychuk of Ukraine
 

President Rivlin received diplomatic credentials from the new ambassadors of Ukraine, Brazil, Portugal, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador

President of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Thursday 24 February / 12 Adar, received diplomatic credentials from the new ambassadors of Ukraine, Brazil, Portugal, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador to Israel as they begin their postings, in an official ceremony at Beit HaNasi. Each ambassador was welcomed with the playing of their national anthem by the Israel Police Band and then reviewed an IDF honor guard, smaller in size than normal because of the coronavirus restrictions. After presenting their letters of credence, the ambassadors signed the Beit HaNasi guest book.

 

First to present his credentials to the president was Ambassador Yevgen Korniychuk of Ukraine. The president welcomed him to Israel, and noted the strong relations between the countries. He spoke about the common fight against antisemitism, saying “We must all join together to counter rising antisemitism. We are concerned about the antisemitic incidents that take place from time to time in Ukraine, and thank you for fighting its rise.” The president added that he hoped that Ukraine would also officially adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. The ambassador thanked the president and said, “We will work to preserve the Jewish history of our country and to prevent antisemitism and racism.”

 

 Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador Gerson Menandro Garcia De Freitas of Brazil

 

Ambassador Gerson Menandro Garcia De Freitas of Brazil then presented his letters of credence to the president. “To us Israelis, Brazil is a legend,” said the president, “with its beautiful landscapes, culture and, of course, football” He noted the importance of Brazil’s support of Israel in the international arena, and the excellent cooperation between the countries. The president noted Israel’s commitment to defend itself against threats to its security, and that the International Criminal Court in The Hague has turned into a political body, rather than fulfilling its original aim of prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ambassador De Freitas thanked the president and said that he would do all he can to strengthen the relations between the countries.

 

  

 Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of Portugal, Jorge Tito De Vasconcelos Nogueira Dias Cabral

 

The next to be received by the president was the ambassador of Portugal, Jorge Tito De Vasconcelos Nogueira Dias Cabral. The president congratulated Portugal on assuming the presidency of the European Council, and said “I hope that together we can even more important and leading work between Israel and the EU, and that it must not be conditioned on political matters,” and asked to send his best wishes to the president of Portugal on his re-election.

 

Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador Macairog S. Alberto of the Philippines 

 

Ambassador Macairog S. Alberto of the Philippines then presented his credentials to the president. They talked about the mutual desire to extend the areas of cooperation between the two countries in the fields of security, trade, innovation and agriculture, among others.

 

Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Ernesto Torres Pereyra

 

President Rivlin then received letters of credence from the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, Ernesto Torres Pereyra. The president welcomed the ambassador and invited President Abinader of the Dominican Republic to visit Israel, noting his hope that the embassy of the Dominican Republic would return to Jerusalem soon.

 

Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador Mireya Del Carmen Muñoz Mera of Ecuador,

 

Finally, Ambassador Mireya Del Carmen Muñoz Mera of Ecuador, accompanied by her mother, presented her credentials. The president spoke about boycotts as a tool of international diplomacy, saying “There are disagreements even between friends. Argument and discussion are part of the links between us, but boycotts are not a legitimate way of working.” The president expressed his appreciation for the bravery of Ecuador’s consul in Stockholm during the Holocaust, who was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, saying what he did would never be forgotten. The Ecuadorean ambassador thanked the president for his welcome and said that this is a time when the world is conscious of the need for cooperation and solidarity, as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. She noted her country’s valuable and important cooperation with Israel and said she hoped to extend and deepen these links.

Photo credits: Mark Neyman (GPO)