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Last Thursday evening His Excellency the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea & Mrs. Lee Gun-tae hosted a sparkling reception to inaugurate the newly-built chancery and the Korean National Day. The lovely building, located in Herzlia Pituach, is the first specially-built edifice in Israel by an Asian country – a sign of dedication to firm and lasting bilateral relations between the Republic of Korea and the State of Israel.

 

 

The guest of honor was H.E. Mr. Shin Dong-ik, President of the Korean Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), who came to Israel especially for the event. Among the many ambassadors a diplomats present were also VIPs and socialites, including Uri Ariel, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development; Member of Knesset Joseph Yonah, Vered Pear Swid, Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office and head of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women; Chairman of the Israel-EU Chamber of Commerce Gad Proper; Ambassador Meron Reuben, (Israel Ministry Foreign Affairs); Franco Vella, General Manager of Sheraton Tel Aviv (which was also the caterer for this event); Jane Yacoubzadi , Public Relations Manager of the Sheraton and many more.

 

The Korean Ambassador made a short speech of welcome, in which he pointed out that although the Korean National Day falls in October, the embassy decided to delay the celebration so as to coincide with the inauguration. This was followed by a live rendition of the national anthems of both countries, and then remarks by the Korean Foreign Minister. He expressed his delight at being able to be in Israel for the event and added: “This building is a testimony to Korea’s commitment to deepening our friendship with Israel. Korea is not only the first Asian country to build a chancery in Israel, but we had made the construction decision in the middle of a global financial crisis in 2008, when our financial budget was quite pinched. And today I would like to reiterate our gratitude to the Israeli government for helping us to make this building a reality.

 

 

“Many Koreans have been inspired by the story of Israel and its people in overcoming great hardships throughout its history with perseverance, hope and faith in God. Around thirty thousand Koreans make pilgrimage to Israel every year. More than 200 Koreans are currently studying the “Tanach” in Israel, including the Torah and biblical archaeology. Our two countries share many things. Both were founded in 1948. Since then, both overcame great adversity with the unwavering goals and commitment of their people to become global beacons of economic prosperity. Today, Israel – the ‘start-up nation’ – is a center of innovation that has more high-tech start-up companies than most other countries in the world. And Korea rose from the ruins of the Korean War to achieve rapid economic development, dubbed the ‘Miracle of the Han River’ ”. The Minister also mentioned the strong bilateral ties and the firm economic cooperation between the two democracies.

 

“In closing, I would like to thank all of you for being here today. And I hope you will continue to work closely with our Embassy in Israel to further promote the friendly relations between our two countries. I wish you all good health, happiness and prosperity.


Toda Raba.”

 

M.K. Uri Ariel responded (in Hebrew followed by and English translation) on behalf of the government and people of Israel. He pointed out that already in 1950, the young Israel sent aid to Korea in the Koran war. Diplomatic relations between the two states were only established in 1962 “ … and today include cooperation in many fields, including security, commerce, scientific research, culture and more.” He added that Korean Air, which operates three weekly services between the two countries, is still the only Asian airline to fly to Israel.

 

“Perhaps better than any other country in the world, Israel understands the challenges posed by North Korea. Israel faces similar geo-political challenges, so Israel would like to enhance the security cooperation and political dialog with the Republic of Korea.” M.K. Uriel took the opportunity to renew the invitation of Israel’s president, Reuben Rivlin and of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to Korea’s President, Her Excellency Park Geun-hye, to visit Israel. He ended his address by asking the Korean Foreign Minister and the Ambassador to send Israel’s warmest greetings to the government and the people of Korea.

 

 

A light buffet meal was offered as guests mingled in the happy atmosphere as the event drew to a close.

 

Photo Silvia  G  Golan

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday evening, July 20th, the Embassy of Colombia in Tel Aviv celebrated Colombia’s National Day, the anniversary of the signing of the country’s declaration of independence. The event was held at the beautiful home of Colombian Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Mr. Fernando Alzate Donoso, and  wife Mrs.Nancy, in Kfar Shmaryahu.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Wednesday, 19 July 2017), held a series of bilateral meetings with the heads of government of the Visegard Group: Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. (Prime Minister Netanyahu met yesterday with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.)

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The EU Delegation in Israel and the Municipality of Tel-Aviv-Yafo presented:  Performance Europa!
Urban celebration of live performances and interactive installations
Tel Aviv’s White Night ,Rothschild 1 Plaza, 29 June 

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 On 11 June 2017, the 5thPhilippine Tourism and Country Fair organized by the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv,Municipality of Haifa and Castra Mall, opened in a festive atmosphere in the northern city of Haifa as the Philippines tries to sustain the rapid tourism growth from Israel.

During the one-day event, simultaneous activities on tourism and cultural promotion and highlights of the 60 years of strong bilateral relations between the Philippines and Israel were featured at the Castra Mall. Around 800 Israelis and Filipinos enjoyed the cultural program that showcased multi-awarded Filipino soprano singer, Ms. Francis Anne “Princess” Virtudazo, and the best talents from the Filipino community in Israel.

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Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

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09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

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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.

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