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The Hungarian diplomatic trade mission in Jerusalem will be a branch of the Hungarian Embassy in Israel as per the statement of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban last month that a diplomatic mission would be opened in Jerusalem.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, today (Tuesday, 19 March 2019), participated in the dedication ceremony for the Hungarian diplomatic trade mission in Jerusalem. They toured the facility, cut the ribbon at the entrance and jointly unveiled the plaque.

The Hungarian diplomatic trade mission in Jerusalem will be a branch of the Hungarian Embassy in Israel as per the statement of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban last month that a diplomatic mission would be opened in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

"This is a very exciting moment for us because it's the first European diplomatic mission opened in Jerusalem in many decades and three Hungarian diplomats are going to be assigned to this office for trade purposes. That's important for trade, for diplomacy and for the move that Hungary is leading right now to change the attitude in Europe towards Jerusalem.

This has already been done by President Trump in his historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the American embassy here. And there's a plot waiting for you right next to the American embassy.

Only four weeks ago Prime Minister Orbán was here and he said that he would open this office and in four weeks this office is opened. I want to extend my appreciation and thanks to him and to you and to say that we're delighted with the relationship, the friendship, between Israel and Hungary. It has never been as strong. Our trade has never been stronger. Our cooperation in all areas: Security, diplomacy, everything has never been stronger.

I want to extend special thanks for two things that the government of Hungary is doing. One, the battle against the falsehoods and slanders leveled at Israel in international forums. You've been superb and I want to congratulate and salute you for it. The second is your stance against antisemitism which has been robust and important and consistent. I want to encourage you to continue this with the adoption of the IHRA definition of antisemitism.

Let's continue this because this is a path of real friendship. So welcome friend."

Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto:

"We have always fought for a fair and balanced approach on behalf of the international community towards Israel. I have to underline here once again that we reject to combine restrictive economic and commercial measures with political issues.

We will not apply the decision of the European Commission on labeling. We do not support the list of companies in the settlements to be announced by the high representative of Human Rights of the United Nations and we urge for tighter, better and more dynamic cooperation between Israel and the European Union."

Also attending the ceremony were US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, US Ambassador to Hungary David Cornstein, Hungarian Ambassador to Israel Levente Benko, Czech Ambassador to Israel Martin Stropnicky and Israeli Ambassador to Hungary Yossi Amrani.



PM Netanyahu and Hungarian FM Szijjarto at the dedication ceremony for the Hungarian
diplomatic trade mission in Jerusalem. Photo: GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom.







On March 13th the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the State of Israel entertained a celebration event for the Day of Restoration of Independence of Lithuania in the Asia Auditorium of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania to the state of Israel, H. E. Edminas Bagdonas, hosted his fellow ambassadors, Israeli-Lithuanian citizens, military personnel and European officials. The Minister of Communications of Israel, Mr. Ayoob Kara, represented the government of Israel.


Ambassador Bagdonas thanked all the guests who showed up and mentioned the achievements of Lithuania since restoring independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. He stated that the relations between Lithuania and Israel are the strongest they have ever been. The ambassador said that “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the first Israeli PM to visit Lithuania and the two countries have strong cooperation in fields like technology and trade.”


Minister Kara thanked Ambassador Bagdonas for his speech and thanked Lithuania for its fight against Anti-semitism in the last few decades since its independence. “Lithuania and Israel are two young democracies who fought for their independence. Our nations are tied not only by the past but also in the efforts for a better future.”



After the speeches and national anthems, the main event started - the concert of the Girls choir “Liepaites” of Vilnius Choir singing school. The girls sang in Lithuanian, Hebrew, and English, and performed alongside classic piano music. The choir has been awarded with more than 10 prestigious international awards and has performed in more than 12 countries.


The evening ended with a glass of wine. To the question, if the event went successfully the ambassador replayed: “Look at the people around us, of course, the event was successful! I believe we succeeded in telling the story of Lithuania to Israel and the world.”


 Photo 1  courtesy of the Lithuanian Embassy in Israel

Photo 2   by Adam Kremer







The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) will open its 63rd overseas office in Tel Aviv.

Please join us in witnessing the launch of this new platform for economic cooperation between Israel and Taiwan!


Israel and Taiwan-Complementary Advantages

Israel and Taiwan have many things in common. Both are small countries surrounded by the challenging environment; both have limited natural resources but worked hard and stood out in the world economy; both are democracies that recognize the value of education, and both foster high levels of entrepreneurship.


Israel is a startup nation and a global hub of tech and R&D centers that gave rise to successful stories such as Mobileye, Gett and many more. Meanwhile, Taiwan is a supply chains nation and home to the world's most powerful electronics industry. Taiwan is one of the world’s top ICT manufacturers: 83% of global laptops, 50% of desktops, 90% of motherboards are made by Taiwan. Taiwan was ranked the world's 18th largest trader in 2017, registering 317 billion dollars in export and 259 billion dollars in import, and the world's 13th most competitive economy in the 2018 Global Competitiveness Report released by The World Economic Forum.


Located in the heart of Asia, Taiwan has formed deep connections with the markets of China and South East Asia. Israel has great influence in America and Europe. Together, the complementary advantages of Israel and Taiwan could enable both countries to achieve new heights in the international market. A close partnership synergizing the idea innovations of Israel and the manufacturing innovations of Taiwan will generate immense benefits for everyone in the world to enjoy.



Facts about TAITRA/Taiwan Trade Center, Tel Aviv

Founded in 1970, TAITRA is Taiwan’s foremost trade promotion organization. With the inauguration of Taiwan Trade Center, Tel Aviv, TAITRA now operates 63 offices around the world with a team of 1,300 specialists. Nowadays, TAITRA serves as a smart integrator that connects businesses with opportunities. In the future, Taiwan Trade Center, Tel Aviv will focus on facilitating cooperation and exchange between Taiwan and Israeli businesses.

For more about TAITRA, see: https://www.taitra.org.tw/About-TAITRA#


Facts about Taiwan

  • 18th largest exporter (2017)
  • PPP per capita: US$ 49,827, 21st in the world (2017, IMF)
  • Investment Climate: 3rd/50 (2018, May Business Environment Risk Intelligence)
  • Index of Economic Freedom: 13th/186(2018 Feb, Heritage Foundation & The Wall Street Journal)
  • Innovation: 11th /137(Global Competitiveness Report 2017-2018, World Economic Forum)
  • Literacy rate (15 or older): 98.8% / Institutions of higher learning: 144(2017)
  • Outlays for education, science, and culture: 20.2% of central government budget (2017)



More about Taiwan: http://multilingual.mofa.gov.tw/web/web_UTF-8/MOFA/glance2018-2019/English.pd


Photos Silvia G. Golan






On Wednesday evening, March 6th, the Embassy of Romania in Israel together with the Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv celebrated Romania’s Presidency of the European Union Council with a multicultural concert held at the Enav Cultural Center. Romanian Jazz vocalist Teodora Enache dazzled the audience with a rich repertoire of songs in different languages.


Enache is a world-class singer, familiar with fusing different genres. The concert in Tel Aviv, titled “Roots-Shorashim”, featured Romanian and American jazz, Israeli, traditional Romanian and Sephardic songs, as well as unique compositions from Enache herself. Enache was accompanied by Brazilian percussionist Joca Perpignan, Israeli pianist Gil Zohar, and Romanian guitarist Calin Grigoriu, further adding to the intercultural and international theme of the conference.


The concert was built around Enache’s belief that “regardless of the place where we are born, and beyond any social, religious or ethnic limitations- we all share the same root.” As such, guests included both diplomats and Israeli and Romanian citizens. Following the concert, guests were invited to a reception to continue the celebration.




Romania holds the EU Council Presidency from January 1 to June 30, 2019, in conjunction with Croatia and Finland. This is Romania’s first time holding the presidency. Romanian has set as its priorities during this period promoting a Europe of convergence, a safer Europe, Europe as a strong global actor, and a Europe of common values, under the common theme of “cohesion.”

Steven Aiello
Photos Silvia Golan

Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of Vietnam, Do Minh Hung.


President Rivlin today accepted diplomatic credentials from new ambassadors to Israel from Vietnam, Nepal, Kenya, and Montenegro


New ambassadors from Vietnam, Nepal, Kenya, and Montenegro presented their credentials today, Thursday 14 February / 9 Adar I, to President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin at the beginning of their term as ambassadors of their countries to the State of Israel, in an official ceremony at Beit HaNasi. As each ambassador arrived, the Israel Police band played the national anthem of their country and the ambassador then reviewed an IDF honor guard. After presenting their diplomatic credentials to the president, the ambassadors signed the guest book and Hatikva, Israel’s national anthem, was played at the end of the ceremony.

The first to present his credentials to the president was the incoming Ambassador of Vietnam, Do Minh Hung. President Rivlin asked the ambassador to send his best wishes to the President of Vietnam, who he met on his state visit to the country two years ago and invited his counterpart to visit Israel. “Relations between our country have grown stronger in the fields of education, agriculture, and defense since my visit to Vietnam,” said the president. “Many Israelis enjoy visiting Vietnam and I am sure that opening up direct flights and signing the free trade agreement can create further opportunities for deepening our relations.”

The Ambassador of Vietnam thanked the president for his warm welcome and said “thank you for your warm words. I will send your best wishes to the President of Vietnam. It is a great honor for me to serve as my country’s ambassador to the State of Israel and I will do all I can to deepen and widen the relations between our two countries.”


Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of Nepal Anjan Shakya


Following this, Ambassador Anjan Shakya of Nepal presented her credentials to the president. President Rivlin thanked her and noted that next year we will mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. “We appreciate your contributions to regional security through UNIFIL and UNDOF. It gives you a perspective of the threats we face.” He added, “we see Nepal as a true friend who stands by us, just as we were at your side when you dealt with the terrible earthquake in 2015.”

The Ambassador of Nepal presented her credentials to the president and noted the long friendship between the two countries. “On behalf of the president and the prime minister, I would like to invite you on a state visit to Nepal and send their warmest best wishes. Despite only arriving here a week ago, I can already see that there are many possibilities to widen the cooperation between us in a number of fields, including agriculture, education, health and IT.” The ambassador ended her remarks by saying ‘Shalom v’Toda Raba’ (goodbye and thank you) in Hebrew.


Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of Kenya, Samuel Ng'ang'a Thuita


Kenya’s new ambassador to Israel, Samuel Ng'ang'a Thuita, was the next to present his credentials to the president, who began by sending his condolences to the people of Kenya on the recent terrorist attack in Nairobi. He then spoke about the growing trade relations between the two countries, saying “we recently opened a trade delegation at the Israeli Embassy in Kenya and we hope to see direct flights between the countries soon. These are good signs and I believe we can do even more to improve relations.”

The ambassador thanked the president, saying “since 1963 when Golda Meir visited Kenya, we have worked together on a range of issues. Once, the focus was agriculture, and now we cooperate on security and counter-terrorism. Israel has a true friend in Kenya.”



Photo: President Rivlin with Ambassador of Montenegro, Ivan Lekovic 

The last ambassador to present his credentials was Ivan Lekovic of Montenegro. “Montenegro is a country with a growing economy, and we are proud to support you as friends and allies,” said the president, and wished the country well on joining NATO and its future membership of the European Union. The president thanked the ambassador for his country’s decision to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day and for supporting its Jewish community.

The Ambassador of Montenegro to Israel thanked President Rivlin for his cordial welcome and said, “we are preparing for the exciting and important visit of the President of Montenegro to Israel, who sends his warmest regards. Montenegro, like Israel, has many different cultures and religions. Like you, we believe that the best way to live together is open and respectful dialog. The relations between our two countries are excellent and we cooperate in tourism and cultural and academic exchanges, as well as in the security sphere, and we would be happy to extend this cooperation.”

Photo credits: Kobi Gideon (GPO)