- Written by Steven Aiello
On Monday evening November 27, the Romanian Embassy in Tel Aviv hosted its annual Unification Celebration at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, with the attendance of diplomats, business leaders, and Romanian expatriates and friends. This year’s celebration was particularly noteworthy, as it ushers in the 100th year since the unification of Romania in 1918.
To open the evening, singer Monica Schwartz performed both the Romanian and Israeli anthems. Mr. Ovidiu Ierulescu, the Charge d’affaires of the Romanian embassy welcomed the guests, and noted the evening’s themes of tolerance and mutual respect. Mr. Ierulescu discussed Romania’s commitment to rule of law and playing a positive rule in the international system, including participation in the United Nations, European Union, NATO, and other organizations.
Mr. Ierulescu also mentioned the contributions of Romania expatriates around the world. In Israel, he noted that Romanian immigrants constituted one of the more significant groups of Jewish immigrants to the state, with an even disproportionately larger impact, including founding the cities of Rosh Pina and Zichron Yaakov.
Moving to more recent history, Ierulesco cited recent high-level visits from the Prime Minister and foreign minister of Romania to Israel, as well as corresponding visits by Israeli leaders to Romania, as evidence of the strong Israel-Romania relationship.
Ambassador Meron Reuven, chief of protocol for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spoke on behalf of the Israeli government, and in particular in place of Minister of Science, Technology and Space Ofir Akunis, and Knesset member Yossi Yona. Reuven noted that Romania’s centennial coincided with the 70 year anniversary of Israel-Romania diplomatic relations, pointing out that Romania was the only Soviet linked country to maintain relations with Israel from its inception.
Reuven stressed the importance of Romanian immigrants in Israel in serving as bridges between the two countries, which he said enjoyed a special relationship of friendship. Among the many areas of cooperation between the two countries, Reuven cited security, academia, trade, agriculture, investment, and culture as some of the areas in which the two countries have partnered together.
In keeping with the theme of cultural bridges, Monica Schwartz was then called back to the stage to continue performing traditional Romania songs and music. In addition to the catered dinner, guests were encouraged to try some of the original Romanian wines served special for the occasion. In addition to the various diplomats and official representatives, guests included Anat Kaufman, Projects Director for the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel, and Stephen Abrahams, from the Ministry of National Infrastructures Energy and Water Resources.
Diplomacy.co.il wishes congratulations to the Embassy of Romania in Tel Aviv on the occasion of their national unification day.
- Written by Buzzy Gordon
A worldwide Week of Italian Cuisine was celebrated in Israel November 20-26, 2017, with meals, master classes, movie screenings, symposia and other activities highlighting the second time this initiative was marked in this country. Under the patronage of the Embassy of Italy in Israel, the Week of Italian Cuisine enjoyed the active support of the local chapter of the Italian Academy of Cuisine, which sponsored several events promoting awareness of and appreciation for the culinary arts of our Mediterranean neighbor to the west.
- Written by Silvia G Golan and Aviv Hanuka
On Monday evening October 30th, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Israel held its National Day celebration. Diplomats, politicians, business and civil society leaders gathered at the Korean Embassy in Herzliya, where they enjoyed Korean food and music in honor of the occasion.
- Written by President’s Spokesperson
President Reuven Rivlin and First Lady Nechama Rivlin officially began their State Visit to Spain this morning, welcomed by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain with an official welcoming ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid. Following a gun salute, the King and the President together reviewed a military guard of honor, and stood together with the Queen and First Lady for the national anthems of both countries.
- Written by Silvia G Golan
The Embassy of Ecuador in cooperation with the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality, Department of Performances, at a special event: Cacao - the luxury taste of Ecuador
The Cacao and Chocolate Experience of Enchanted Ecuador
On November 2, 2017, Tel Aviv’s New Station Compound (Hatachana) host a special event at which Ecuador reveal the unique tastes and aromas of its superlative Cacao and chocolate, considered the best in the world
The event feature chocolate tastings for the public at large and an exhibition of photographs depicting the history of cacao in Ecuador and the breathtaking vistas of Ecuador and the Andes
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