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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Transportation and Road Safety Minister Yisrael Katz, this morning (Wednesday, 3 July 2013), held a press conference following the publication of the tenders for new seaports. The decision to issue the tenders for the two ports was made in the wake of the great interest by international elements. The tender still reserves the possibility of building a single port. Prime Minister Netanyahu: "This is a great day for Israel, and a very happy and even exciting day for me. Ten years ago, when I was Finance Minister, I sought to revolutionize Israel's seaports. We started by dismantling the ports into two competing government companies. It took us years to take the second step, the privatization of the Eilat Port, and today we are taking the next step of building two new seaports for the State of Israel. This will greatly increase competition, lower the cost of living and lower costs for almost all products that we buy in the State of Israel. This will also make our exports much more attractive. This creates jobs, which is of incomparable economic and social importance; this is important because in the end, when you want to lower the cost of living, you want citizens to spend less for the same services and products and maybe even for better services and products. But for it to be less expensive, nothing influences the cost of living so strongly as the flow of products and raw materials and our export goods, that go out through Israel's seaports and therefore, this is a welcome and important change and we are committed to it.

I would like to put into perspective what the Government is doing. Our government is committed to continuing the growth, even in a difficult international economic situation. We have five very major growth engines: One is the gas – we are working to realize this. The second is China – increased exports to new markets. The third is bringing whole populations into the work force – this is the ultra-orthodox and Arabs, especially ultra-orthodox men and Arab women. The fourth is technology – technology is the State of Israel's great advantage, not only in terms of technological exports, but in terms of wiring the country with fiber optic cables in order to increase the accessibility of every Israeli boy and girl to the new world that is developing. We are committed to this. The fifth, and I would like to change the order. The first, is reforms, reforms and more reforms in order to cut bureaucracy, increase competition, lower prices and lower the cost of living in Israel. This is of incomparable economic and social importance and it starts, but does not end, at the ports. We began with Open Skies, and now we're going to Open Seas and this is welcome news. I am pleased that there is widespread foreign interest in the tenders that we are publishing today. Of course, we will consider their results, but this shows that there is great interest in Israel. I think that this is for two reasons: One, our consistent economic policy of a free, responsible and competitive economy. Two, is stability. Today, both of these have very major added value.

I would like to commend my fellow ministers, first of all Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz who, like me, is committed to these efforts not only in this field, but in others as well, to bring competition, and also Finance Minister Yair Lapid. We are coordinating closely. This is a government that is committed to reforms and we see this on a daily basis. I must say that the work with this team will surprise you. Ministers are looking for solutions and are working together and cooperating and I have enjoyed working with them and it seems that the results are very good."

In response to journalists' questions, Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "It is the right of the state and the government to make structural changes in the economy. This is our right and I would add that it is also our duty. We are doing this. I was not deterred in the past, neither as Prime Minister nor Finance Minister, from enacting structural reforms that opened the Israeli economy, it thrust us forward. We surpassed all other Mediterranean Sea countries that were ahead of us in GDP. Now we are aiming at slightly larger countries. This is one of the efforts. No one will stop us. We are prepared to talk to [people in the framework of the structural change that we are enacting but we will not be deterred. I am not prepared to accept this monopoly. It's over. I am telling my friends in the Histadrut [labor federation] and the large workers' committees that it's over. No longer will 2,000 people strangle the economy, paralyze the country and prevent us from advancing toward the future that awaits us. The State of Israel can only improve and lower the cost of products for all citizens through what we are doing at our seaports. We are opening them to international competition. We are bringing here additional traffic and we will see very quickly that it is possible for the State of Israel. This will develop us. This will put us on the world map. We will not stop it. I would like to assure you, nothing will deter us. We hope to do this the easy way, but I must tell you as clearly as I can: The era of the monopolies at Israel's seaports is over and will not return."

Transportation Minister Katz: "We will put an end to the reality in which regional and national monopolies at the ports control the Israeli economy. They not only cost us dearly, but they also stifle the development of Israel's maritime transport sector. The international interest in operating the ports that will be built is huge. Every political earthquake in neighboring countries underscores the State of Israel's advantage as an anchor of stability and turns us into an attractive target for international companies that specialize in operating ports around the world. Companies are seeking to compete for operating the new ports in the State of Israel and turning them into a hub through which goods will flow to and from Israel."



Finance Minister Lapid: "The most prominent thing about this government is that we're here to work, from gas to the 'going to work' program and equality in sharing the burden. Today, we are reforming the ports, for which the country has waited 65 years. After the economic plan, which has been formulated and which is in the approval process, the main goal of which is to maintain jobs, this reform will create hundreds, if not thousands, of additional jobs in the periphery, which is of fateful importance. This is alongside the urgency of lowering the cost of living. We came to work and we are working."

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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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.

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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)

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.

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A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

Shavuot, the Holiday of Weeks, is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem​ in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices.

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Tel Aviv Eat presents three evenings of tastings and workshops featuring the region’s leading restaurants and most prominent chefs. Entrance is free (including the chefs’ demonstrations), and tasting portions range in price from NIS 20-35. Doors open each evening at 18.00. There are several performance stages, live music, and stands selling beer.

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"Only when we remember the families who were torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that terrible darkness and evil, who had endured the unbearable horror of the Holocaust, only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating." President Donald J. Trump

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The Charles Bronfman Auditorium at Habima Square is one of the centerpieces of the Israeli arts and cultural scene, home to the Israel Philharmonic for the last 60 years. On Friday, May 19th, it was home to yet another historic event, with the dedication of the entrance hall to Miri Shitrit of blessed memory.

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President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin today, (Monday), welcomed President of the United States Donald J. Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport, and then at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

On his arrival at the President’s Residence, President Trump signed the official guest book and wrote, “It is such a great honor to be in Israel and be with all of my great friends”.

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  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, today (Monday, 22 May 2017), at Ben-Gurion International Airport, welcomed US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania with an honor guard.

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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'.

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