Happy 24th National Day To Croatia!
On a perfect June 29TH early evening, at the elegant Dan hotel in Tel Aviv, overlooking the Mediterranean seashore, a most respectful & joyous celebration took place for Croatia's 24th National Day.
As the honorable guests from around the world arrived to the distinguished reception room , they received a heart shaped necklace - one of the Croatia's national symbols.
Mr. Pjer Simunovic, The Ambassador of the Republic Of Croatia to Israel, and Ms Tina Krce, the Minister Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Croatia to Israel, personally greeted each and every guest with a hand shake and a warm welcome .
Among the distinguished guests were ambassadors and representatives from top Israeli society and commerce , the four Honorary's Consul of Croatia Shmuel Schlesinger, Aron Frenkel, Ran Fuchs and Yossi Landesman, the Israeli Businessman Gad Propper, Aviv Shir-On deputy Director General European Affairs of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mrs Miriam Aviezer Writer and author of the book "Righteous Among the Nation-Croats" and Nikola Vujčić a retired Croatian professional basketball player, as of 2013 a team manager Maccabi Tel Aviv .
Mr Dan Oryan, Ambassador of Israel to Macedonia told "Diplomacy"'s journalists about the important collaboration between "Habima" and "HaCameri" - Israel's National Theatres & Croatia's National Theatre.
At the reception, the guests comfortably mingled, exchanged views & business contacts, while also enjoying the generous buffet that included a delicious assortment of fine Croatian cheeses, pastas, fresh and roasted vegetables, innovative chef salads and of course the traditional delicacies from both countries: The delicious Croatian national pastry "fritules" Burek ,and among the delightful desserts, Israel's most beloved summer fruit - the red sweet water lemon!
The welcome address to the gathering opened with Croatia's national anthem
"Lijepa naša domovino" (Our Beloved Nation) followed by the Israeli national anthem "Hatikva".
The honorable Ambassador toof Croatia to Israel, Mr. Pjer Simunovic greeted the distinguished invitees in and expressed his thanks to the government of Israel in Hebrew!
Back in English he thanked the staff of the embassy for their efforts at making the reception such a success.
The Ambassador expressed his deep respect and appreciation to the state of Israel , emphasizing the strong bonds & commitments between the two nations and the importance of the economic ties between Croatia& Israel. The Ambassador praised the commercial companies that provided generous support to the Croatian embassy: Teva, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Elbit Systems, Ashdod Bonded and proceeded to provide a short brief of Croatia's history, his nation's attributes and the significance of Croatia's independence day.
Responding on behalf of the State of Israel , The Minister of Environmental Protection, Avi Gabai congratulated the ambassador of Croatia on the occasion of it's National Day, and also congratulated Croatia on its success in every aspect of growth and progress.
The Israeli representative made mention of the excellent economic ties between the two countries, and of Croatia’s popularity in Israel "Diplomatic relations between Croatia and Israel were first established in 1997" ( Israeli embassy opened in Zagreb in 2005) . " Israel strives to share its global accomplishements in advanced fields with Croatia : our technology start - up professionals attend Croatian conferences, and young Croatians participate in events organized in Israel.
He conclude with congratulations to the ambassador , to the Government of Israel and to the Croatian People the on occasion of the National Day
Was a delightful event hosted by the Ambassador and the embassy of Croatia, Thank you and Here's a toast LE'HAIM to the brave nation Croatia!!!
Photos Silvia Golan