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.The two foreign ministers also signed memoranda of understanding for policy consultations and an agreement for cooperation with MASHAV-Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation.

 

. In a historic virtual ceremony, the first of its kind, Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi and Kosovo Minister of Foreign Affairs Meliza Haradinaj today (Monday, 1 february 2021), signed an agreement establishing diplomatic relations between Israel and Kosovo. At the end of the ceremony, FM Ashkenazi unveiled the plaque that will be placed at the entrance to the Kosovo embassy that will be established in Jerusalem.

 FM Ashkenazi: “The establishment of relations between Israel and Kosovo is an important and exciting historical step that reflects the many changes the region has experienced in recent months. Today, Kosovo officially joins the circle of countries that strive for peace and stability and recognize Israel and Jerusalem as its capital.

 

 “Kosovo's decision to join the circle of countries fighting antisemitism who have adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism is conclusive proof of the important alliance between peoples and cultures. I sincerely hope that Kosovo will continue to operate in this way of peace and war against extremists, and will also work to recognize Hezbollah and all its branches as a terrorist organization.”

In addition to the document establishing the bilateral relationship, the two foreign ministers signed memoranda of understanding for policy consultations and an agreement for cooperation with MASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation.

 The ceremony was preceded by a bilateral meeting attended by the two foreign ministers and their professional teams, during which the Kosovo FM Haradinaj emphasized her country’s commitment to designating Hezbollah as a terror organization. In addition, she detailed her program to promote Holocaust remembrance education in Kosovo as well as care for Jewish cemeteries and the opening of a Jewish cultural center this year.

 

 The virtual ceremony was also attended by Matthew Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the US State Department.

 FM Ashkenazi thanked the US administration for its great contribution to the establishment of relations between Israel and Kosovo and added: “I thank the United States for its efforts to promote world peace and for promoting Israel's relations with countries with which we did not have diplomatic relations until recently. Israel wants to see a stable Balkans. If there is will on both sides, we will be happy to participate in the effort to establish confidence-building measures together with Kosovo and Serbia under the auspices of the United States.”

 

Photo .FM Ashkenazi unveiling the plaque that will be placed at the entrance

to the Kosovo embassy in Jerusalem. Photo: MFA.

 

 

 

 
On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, which was celebrated on January 27 and is one of the strategic events of the Ministry, we have published a video in Spanish and English with a message from the Minister and a video and a podcast with interviews with the General Director of the Centro Sefarad-Israel, Miguel de Lucas

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Ms. Arancha González, joins the campaign, #ProtectTheFacts to combat Holocaust denial #Shoah
:and expressed
"We say no to: deny, excuse, manipulate or minimize the #Holocaust." Only by knowing the mistakes of the past can we avoid a repetition of the suffering that today we say should not happen again

 
Minister Arancha González's statement for the Holocaust Memorial Day
 
  
 

 

Jerusalem, Dec. 3 – Israel's Minister of Tourism Orit Farkash-Hacohen and H.E. Minister Zayed Al Zayani signed a historic MOU in the field of tourism on Wednesday, as Israel and Bahrain continue to build upon the Abraham Accords regional peace initiative. At the ceremony in Jerusalem, Al Zayani said he and his delegation were returning to Bahrain "with lots of hope and ambition that we will forge the peace signed by our leadership, so it transmits to every Israeli and every Bahraini citizen."

Farkash-Hacohen said the visit was "dedicated to bilateral professional meetings between the two ministries, to explore new opportunities and promote tourism initiatives between our countries. Airlines, hotel representatives, travel agents and tour operators from both sides met to discuss practical plans and initiatives in the field of tourism." The MOU, the minister stressed, provides the framework to turn ideas into plans into packages. "Together, we can create packages for regional tourism, offering tourists from Brazil, China or Australia or the Philippines to visit both our countries."

 

The MOU is the first of its kind between Israel and the Arab states in the Gulf. It includes a number of sections on bilateral cooperation between the governments and the private sector in the field of tourism, and calls to develop various types of travel: for families, wellness, business, and others. Additionally, the MOU establishes a joined committee headed by the Ministers, which will meet regularly to promote joined ventures among travel agents, airlines, tour operators, and all relevant industry representative.

Minister Farkash-Hacoen stated she would work to open travel for Bahrain tourists as soon as possible, and stated: "Governments sign treaties, but people create peace. This is why signing a bilateral tourism MOU is so important. We are encouraging travel between our countries. We are encouraging people to meet and interact with each other. We are connecting two cultures. By doing so, we are encouraging true and lasting peace."

 

H.E. Al Zayani said: "You will find in us a true partner, a genuine investor and a frank friend. We feel there is a real opportunity to develop tourism between our two countries, and beyond. And we invite you and welcome you to use Bahrain as a springboard to the rest of the world, and look forward to using Israel as a springboard for us to the rest of the world."

"No doubt COVID19 put a lot of pressure on the hospitality and tourism sector," Al Zayani added. "It is our responsibility to make sure this sector is back on its feet as soon as possible. I would like to extend an open invitation to you and to all Israelis to come and visit our country."

Photo credit: Yossi Zamir (GPO)

 

 

 

 

Jerusalem, Dec. 3 – Israel's Minister of Tourism Orit Farkash-Hacohen and H.E. Minister Zayed Al Zayani signed a historic MOU in the field of tourism on Wednesday, as Israel and Bahrain continue to build upon the Abraham Accords regional peace initiative. At the ceremony in Jerusalem, Al Zayani said he and his delegation were returning to Bahrain "with lots of hope and ambition that we will forge the peace signed by our leadership, so it transmits to every Israeli and every Bahraini citizen."

Farkash-Hacohen said the visit was "dedicated to bilateral professional meetings between the two ministries, to explore new opportunities and promote tourism initiatives between our countries. Airlines, hotel representatives, travel agents and tour operators from both sides met to discuss practical plans and initiatives in the field of tourism." The MOU, the minister stressed, provides the framework to turn ideas into plans into packages. "Together, we can create packages for regional tourism, offering tourists from Brazil, China or Australia or the Philippines to visit both our countries."

 

The MOU is the first of its kind between Israel and the Arab states in the Gulf. It includes a number of sections on bilateral cooperation between the governments and the private sector in the field of tourism, and calls to develop various types of travel: for families, wellness, business, and others. Additionally, the MOU establishes a joined committee headed by the Ministers, which will meet regularly to promote joined ventures among travel agents, airlines, tour operators, and all relevant industry representative.

Minister Farkash-Hacoen stated she would work to open travel for Bahrain tourists as soon as possible, and stated: "Governments sign treaties, but people create peace. This is why signing a bilateral tourism MOU is so important. We are encouraging travel between our countries. We are encouraging people to meet and interact with each other. We are connecting two cultures. By doing so, we are encouraging true and lasting peace."

 

H.E. Al Zayani said: "You will find in us a true partner, a genuine investor and a frank friend. We feel there is a real opportunity to develop tourism between our two countries, and beyond. And we invite you and welcome you to use Bahrain as a springboard to the rest of the world, and look forward to using Israel as a springboard for us to the rest of the world."

"No doubt COVID19 put a lot of pressure on the hospitality and tourism sector," Al Zayani added. "It is our responsibility to make sure this sector is back on its feet as soon as possible. I would like to extend an open invitation to you and to all Israelis to come and visit our country."

Photo credit: Yossi Zamir (GPO)

 

 

 

 

At the Balai Quezon (Quezon house) at the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv today, senior leaders of  The "Confederation of General Zionists" faction presented a special certificate to the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., of the Philippine Embassy in Israel, Ms. Reichel Quinones.

The Certificate expressed gratitude for the Republic's vote in favor of UN General Assembly Resolution 181 on November 29, 1947, which paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel as well as for the Open Doors policy of President Quezon,

which saved the lives of over 1,300 Jews from Europe in the years 1937-1941.

David Yaari, Vice Chairman of the Confederation of General Zionists said: "The Jewish people have a long memory and President Quezon deserves to be remembered for his brave act of kindness during such a dark period of Jewish History.   As leaders of the General Zionist faction of the World Zionist Organization, we deeply appreciate the consideration of the Philippine's to vote in favor of Resolution 181 (the partition plan) on November 29, 1947".

Dov Lipman, former MK and Secretary General of the Confederation of General Zionists: "In a world filled with enemies of Israel and the Jewish people we cannot take it for granted when a country saves Jews and supports Israel.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the Philippine government and people, and today was just the beginning of showing our appreciation".

 

 

Ms. Raichel Quinones,  Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., of the Philippine Embassy in Israel, thanked the Confederation of General Zionists for the certificate, pointing out that President Quezon’s humanitarian act has become the foundation for the strong relations that the Philippines and Israel continue to enjoy to this day. “President Quezon’s rare act of compassion continues to open doors between our two countries and inspire us to find ways to deepen the relations between our countries and peoples,” she said. “Through the Balai Quezon, we hope to generate awareness of this unique part of history that forged a lasting friendship between two peoples during such a difficult period of time.”

The Balai Quezon, the Philippine Embassy's cultural center, was inaugurated on 29 October 2019. It serves to promote greater awareness and recognition of the story, history, and meaning of President Manuel L. Quezon’s Open Door policy. 

The "Confederation of General Zionists" is a faction in the World Zionist Congress that deals with Zionism on a macro scale with an emphasis on strengthening the connections and ties between the State of Israel and Diaspora Jewry.

The Confederation faction has set its focus and goals to strengthen the connections between Israel and Diaspora Jewry, and is not affiliated with any political party or any religious sect. The Chairman is Jesse Sultanik, whose grandfather Kalman Sultanik z”l previously

served as Vice President of the World Jewish Congress.

 

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From right to left (171 KB):Ms Katheryne Wendy Cruz, Political Attach`e of the Philippine Embassy in Israel, David Yaari, Vice Chairman of the Confederation of General Zionists, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the Philippine Embassy in Israel, Ms. Reichel Quinones,   and  former MK and Secretary General of the Confederation of General Zionists, Dov Lipman. Courtesy: YOSSIFON PR.