- Written by Silvia G Golan
A crowd of Diplomats, Knesset members, business executives and others gathered to celebrate The Republic of China's (Taiwan) 99th National Day.
Representative Mr. Liang-Jen Chang received the guests in the Conventions Hall at the Dan Panorama hotel, Tel-Aviv.
Many Taiwanese companies exhibited their products to the attendees, such as Kymco and Asus.
After the reception, Representative Mr. Chang addressed the crowd and welcomed them to the 99th anniversary of the founding of The Republic of China (Taiwan). His speech started with explaining the new foreign policy mapped out by President of Taiwan, Mr. Ying-jeou Ma. This policy calls for an end to the conflict with Beijing and more flexible diplomacy.
Mr. Chang mentioned that in June 2010, Taiwan and mainland China signed a historical agreement for economic cooperation (ECFA).
Representative Chang stated that the trade between Taiwan and Israel would reach a volume of $1.3 billion USD. However, he added that there is much more room for improvement in these areas.
Mr. Chang praised Israeli and Taiwanese cooperation in the areas of water technologies and youth affairs.
After the speech, Knesset member, Dr. Nachman Shai, chairman of the Israel-Taiwan friendship group, was invited on stage.
Dr. Shai congratulated the republic of China on their 99th national day. As the chairman of the Israel/Taiwan Friendship Group, Dr. Shai declared that the importance of the relationship between the state of Israel and The Republic of China is flourishing and joined the hope shared by Mr. Chang to create a stronger bond between the countries.
Dr. Shai ended his speech by raising his glass to the continuation of the solid friendship between Taiwan and Israel.
The following speaker was Knesset member Ms. Orit Noked, Deputy Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor. Ms. Noked spoke of Taiwan's great economic abilities and the country's similarity to Israel.
Ms. Noked said that the many virtues of the people of Taiwan allow them to be one of the strongest economic powers in the far east region.
The crowd also had the privilege of hearing about the experiences of Mrs. Maya Cohen, an Israeli student who got a scholarship to study in Taiwan.
After the speeches, the guests were free to enjoy the fine oriental style food.
Photo Silvia Golan
- Written by Silvia G Golan
Germany celebrated its 20th anniversary to the unification of east and west to one Federal Republic.
The German Embassy hosted many of the German community in Israel, Ambassadors, Diplomats, business man and others to a party at the residence of the German Ambassador to Israel, Dr. Harald Kindermann.
Ambassador Dr. Kindermann welcomed the crowd to the celebration to mark 20 years to a united Germany.
Dr. Kindermann spoke about the relationship between Israel and Germany and called them excellent and fruitful. He mentioned the great improvement of the friendship of the two countries and wished a continuation of that road.
Ambassador Dr. Kindermann couldn't help of mentioning the dark era of the German and Jewish people and said that the Nazis almost annihilated all Jewish life in Germany and the ones who could, for obvious reasons, left Germany.
But now, the Jewish Community in Germany is flourishing while keeping its own identity as the pressure for assimilation no longer exists.
After the Ambassador's speech, the representative of the Israeli Government, the vice prime minister and minister of strategic affairs, Mr. Moshe Ya'alon, took the stage.
Mr. Ya'alon thanked Ambassador Dr. Kindermann for his hospitality. He spoke about the special connection between the state of Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany. He said that he remember the falling of the Berlin wall, 20 years ago, a brief moment in the clock of history but the changes happened in Germany and Europe were vast.
Mr. Ya'alon mentioned that Germany stand alongside Israel and is concerned about Israel's security challenges, specially the Nuclearization of Iran.
Mr. Ya'alon said that he hopes that the friendship between both states will continue to develop and grow.
The special guest of the occasion was Mr. Wilhelm Hass, who was the Ambassador of Germany to Israel in the years 1985-1990.
Mr. Haas shared with the present memories from the time of the early 1990's and the long way that the relationship between Israel and Germany had came.
Mr. Haas ended his speech with a few sentences in Hebrew and wished the crowd all the best.
Photos Silvia Golan
- Written by DATA
Dan Panorama hotel in Tel-Aviv was the venue of the "get together party" produced by DATA (Diplomatic Association Tel-Aviv) organization at Saturday, September 4th.
The event was a cocktail party to mark the new Jewish year (Rosh Hashanah) and to farewell to members of the Diplomatic community who were leaving Israel as well as welcoming new colleagues posted in Israel.
At the event were present many members from the Diplomatic community and journalists as well as other interest owners.
Cindy Levy, a relocation coach, was the first speaker.
She illustrated, in humor, lines of the Israeli mentality and habits through a presentation that showed the Italian mentality in the same manner.
After Ms. Levy's speech, Mr. Diaa Hammad, 1st secretary of the Egyptian Embassy, took the stage.
Mr. Hammad spoke of the importance of the relations between countries as he mentioned that it is important to bring the Diplomatic community closer.
Mr. Hammad said that his ambition is to make the connections between the individuals in the Diplomatic community stronger so that many bonds can grow from this activity.
After the speeches, the guests enjoyed a dancing segment which included Arab and Latin styles of dancing. The dancers were graceful and professional as they entertained the crowd with acrobatic moves.
Following the dancing part, arrived the highlight of the evening. DATA organization held a ruffle among the guests and gave away precious prizes as flight tickets to Egypt and Jordan, beautiful crystal pyramid, coupons of purchase in the Diplomatic duty-free shop and two season tickets to the Cinematek.
All the winners were thrilled and the ruffle created a pleasant atmosphere.
Photo Silvia Golan
- Written by Silvia G Golan
At the 28th of July Peru celebrated its 189th independence day. In Israel the Peruvian Embassy marked the occasion in a beautiful event.
The event took place in Hertzliya Pituah, at the house of Yossi Maiman, honorary Consul of Peru in Tel-Aviv.
The Ambassador of Peru, Mr. Jose Luis Salinas Montes greeted the guests, as well as other member of the Peruvian entourage, among them military men, consuls and their wives.
The guests enjoyed a performance of typical Peruvian music from different parts of Peru. The variety of music genres gave the people a true Peruvian experience.
Honorary consul of Peru in Israel, Mr. Maiman, spoke first and welcomed all the guests.
Mr. Maiman talked about the special connection between Israel and Peru as he mentioned the vast cooperation between the two states. Mr. Maiman talked about his life and memories from Peru and said that both countries will always make him feel at home.
After the words of Mr. Maiman, his Excellency the Ambassador Mr. Salinas took the stage.
After greeting all the present and welcomed them to the 189th Peru Independence Day event, he spoke of the privilege to be the Ambassador of Peru in the Holy Land.
Mr. Salinas spoke of the similarities that the Israeli people and the Peruvian people share and said that he already feels here at home.
Mr. Salinas said that there are many parallels in the history of both countries and briefly mentioned landmarks from the past.
Ambassador Salinas finished his speech with a hope for prosperity, cooperation and wealth to both states.
The representative of the Israeli Government in this event was Mr. Benny Begin.
Mr. Begin spoke of the courageous bond between Israel and Peru and mentioned a special cooperation in water, ecological and agriculture technologies.
Mr. Begin's speech was warm and full with expressions of friendship. At the end of his speech, he even said couple of sentences in Spanish, to the joy of the crowd.
After the speeches both of the anthems were played and afterwards the guests were free to enjoy the delicious food and the fine music.
Photo Daniel Schwarz
Many of the Israeli media was invited to the press conference at the residence of the People's Republic of China Ambassador in Sunday, September the 15th, 2010.
The Ambassador his Excellency Mr. Zhao Jun hosted the Journalists to mark 18 years of the Diplomatic relations between Israel and China.
Ambassador Zhao welcomed all the guests to his home and blessed them in Hebrew. Ambassador Zhao spoke in English of the special relations between The People's Republic of China and Israel.
Ambassador Zhao spoke of the signing of the agreement that founded the Diplomatic relations between both states as he mentioned that the document was important equally to the sides.
Mr. Zhao announced the coming of famous Chinese singer Ha Hui to Israel, to the ancient city of Beit-Shean. Mr. Zhao said that the performance will be a memorable one and it will start her world tour.
After the words of Ambassador Zhao, the guests saw a short clip of the singer Ha Hui in China as she was singing a traditional Chinese song.
Following the short clip, spokesman of the Chinese embassy, Counsellor Mr. Miao Deyu, presented Mr. David Levy, Israel's minister of foreign affairs and vice prime minister at the time of the signing the protocol, January 24th, 1992.
Mr. Levy thanked the Ambassador for his hospitality and marked that he was happy to see mezuzah in the front of the Ambassador's home.
Mr. Levy then Spoke of his memories from the times before the signing of the protocol and said that it was hard work to achieve an agreement such as this one but they have never stopped dreaming.
Mr. Levy complimented China for their fast growth, economically and in terms of status. At the end of his words, Mr. Levy thanked the Ambassador for choosing Beit-Shean as the venue for the performance of the Chinese singer Ha Hui.
After Mr. Levy's Speech, Ms. Ruth Kahanoff, former deputy director general of Asia and the pacific department in the ministry of foreign affairs, took the stage.
Ms. Kahanoff's speech focused especially on the day of January 24, 1994, the day that the relations between Israel and China became formal.
After the speeches, Counsellor Mr. Miao invited all the guests to a delicious, traditional Chinese lunch.
The Ambassador Mr. Zhao made sure to greet every guest as they were leaving.