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On Tuesday 30 April 30, Ambassador of The Netherlands Caspar Veldkamp hosted a festive reception to mark the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands in favor of her son Prince Willem-Alexander. Beatrix, who recently turned 75, has reigned as Queen of the Kingdom of The Netherlands for 33 years – longer than any other monarch in Dutch history. The heir to the throne, Prince Willem-Alexander (45), the Queen’s eldest child, will be The Netherland’s first King in 100 years.

 


Last month a special survey issued by The Embassy of The Netherlands in Israel, in anticipation of the royal exchange, was conducted by the renowned survey institute TNS Global. The survey included 500 respondents, among a representative same of the entire Hebrew speaking population aged 18 and over.

 


The survey reveals several interesting and at times surprising results:


Firstly, the survey found that a fifth of the respondents rank The Netherlands as being the friendliest European country towards Israel (after Germany). The main reason for this, according to the results, is The Netherlands’ continuing support of Israel regarding political issues (86%) and because of the low level of anti-Semitism (77%) compared to other EU member states. In general over two-thirds (68%) of the respondents expressed a general positive attitude towards the Netherlands.


Secondly, another surprising result was the Israeli perception of The Netherlands economic relation with Israel. The Netherlands is not considered a significant bilateral trading partner. Only 23% of the respondents consider The Netherlands to be relevant for Israel economically.

 


NL IL: In 2012 export from The Netherlands to Israel amounted to $ 2.84 billion dollar (compared to $ 2.76 billion in 2011). This places The Netherlands in fourth place in Europe regarding export to Israel, after Germany, Switzerland and Italy. IL NL: In 2012 export from Israel to The Netherlands amounted to $ 2.3 billion dollars (compared to $ 2.16 billion in 2011). The Netherlands is the second largest Israeli export destination in Europe, after the United Kingdom. The total amount of bilateral trade between Israel and The Netherlands herewith reached an all-time high in 2012 exceeding the five-billion dollar mark. The Netherlands rates sixth in the largest economies of the European Union with renowned multinationals such as Phillips, Heineken, Unilever, Boskalis, AkzoNobel, DSM, Shell and ASML/NXP.

 


According to the respondents in the survey, one of the strong aspects of the Netherlands is its citizens who they consider to be friendly and tolerant. The natural beauty of The Netherlands is also considered to be a strongpoint of The Netherlands and it is known for its museums and artwork. Half of the respondents stated that the main reason for visiting The Netherlands is its famous art museums (48%).

 


Talking about the upcoming Abdication and Investiture ceremonies taking place on Queensday 30 April 2013, The Ambassador of The Netherlands to Israel, Casper Veldkamp, stated:  


"We would like to show our sincere gratitude to Her Majesty Queen Beatrix for the immense contribution she has made to our country in her role as Queen of The Netherlands in the past 33 years. At the same time, we are excited about the Investiture of her son Prince Willem-Alexander who will become King Willem Alexander on 30 April. We wish him great success in his new role as head of state. According to a recent TNS survey commissioned by our Embassy, Israel considers The Netherlands to be one of the friendliest countries in Europe. I am confident that King Willem Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima will maintain the warm bond between our two nations and I hope to welcome them to Israel in the future.”






In the picture: Avi Hoffman, the owner of Ringel nursery, handing Ambassador Veldkamp and his wife Anne
a new species of orange carnation which was developed in his nursery and named Maxima, after the new Dutch princess. 
Photographer: Tomer Neuberg.

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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​PM Netanyahu: We face common challenges, the first of which is to defeat the forces of terror that rampage through the world and threaten both our countries. We must stand together in this battle, much as we work together to perfect the future.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, this evening (Tuesday, 4 July 2017), at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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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)

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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