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President Reuven Rivlin addressed a reception yesterday evening (Tuesday) hosted at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel by the Ambassador of Japan to Israel, H.E. Koji Tomita. The event celebrated 65 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

On Thursday evening, June 8th, the Russian Embassy in Tel Aviv celebrated the National Day of the Russian Federation.

Diplomats from around the world, military attachés and police representatives including Asher Ben Artzi, former Chief Superintendent of the Israel Police, religious leaders, business people and members of the Russian community in Israel alike joined to honor the Russian Federation and its strong bond with Israel and the Jewish people. Attendees were treated to a delicious spread of Russian and Israeli delicacies at the beautiful Dan Panorama Hotel.

Friday was a beautiful late spring day; the gardens were lovely, the weather was fine; the guests were elegantly attired; the refreshments were generous and delicious; all the makings of a happy celebration marking the National Day of Sweden. H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, ambassador of Sweden to the State of Israel, hosted the event at the ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach.

The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.

On Wednesday evening, June 7th, the Embassy of Slovenia in Tel Aviv celebrated 26 years of independence, and 25 years of bilateral relations with Israel. The commemoration was held at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa. The event was timed to coincide with visits by both the Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr. Maja Makovec Brencic, and a high-level parliamentary delegation led by National Assembly President Dr. Milan Brglez.

President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday , at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, received the diplomatic credentials of the new Ambassadors to Israel from Thailand and Spain. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.