KKL-JNF is now in the Balkans.
With great fanfare and festivity, KKL-JNF opened its 45th office worldwide, this time in the Podgorica, Montenegro, on November 8, 2013. 


L-R: KKL-JNF Vice Chairman Menachem Leibovic, KKL-JNF Balkan President Jaša Alfandari and Deputy PM and Justice MP Duško Marković. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Six hundred guests from 11 Baltic States came in honor of the grand opening, including Oscar-winning film producer Branko Lustig, who producedSchindler's List and Winds of War

The four keynote speakers at the event were Mr. Menachem Leibovic, KKL-JNF Vice Chairman; Mr. Avi Dickstein, KKL-JNF Executive Director of Resources, Development and Public Affairs; HE Mr. Yosef Levy, Israel Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia and Montenegro, and Dr. Miomir Mugosha, the Mayor of Podgorica. 

The President of brand-new KKL-JNF of the Balkans is Montenegro Jewish community leader Jaša Alfandari

The establishment of the KKL-JNF headquarters of the Balkans was the result of the collaborative effort between KKL-JNF, the Jewish community of Montenegro, and the Government of Montenegro. 

KKL-JNF met with members of the Montenegro government, including the President, the Speaker of the House, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for the Environment, all of whom lent their support to this worthy cause. 

KKL-JNF Executive Director of Resources, Development and Public Affairs Avi Dicksteinthanked the Government of Montenegro and the Jewish community in Podgorica in his speech. Dickstein recalled their visit to Montenegro during Passover of this year, when community leader Jaša Alfandari said "We want to see a KKL-JNF office in Montenegro", and less than six months later, KKL-JNF of the Balkans was established. "It's only the beginning," Mr. Dickstein said. "I'm sure that every week now, people from around the Balkans will come to see and use our facilities. And I invite all of you to Israel to see our 110 years of experience in building and developing the land of Israel, making it green." 


HE Mr. Yosef Levy, Menachem Leibovic and Rabbi of Podgorica in Podgorica synagogue. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

In his address to the audience, Podgorica Mayor Dr. Miomir Mugosha hailed Montenegro as an open country which "welcomes people of all religions and of all nations". With regards to the opening of the KKL-JNF office, he said that this "sends the best message in renewing old friendships and relationships." 

Dr. Mugosha pledged full informational and logistical support from Montenegro's capital for the development of even stronger relations between the two countries, and spoke about the importance of raising awareness amongst Montenegro citizens about Israel's achievements in many fields, especially agriculture. 

Israel's Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro,  spoke about the significance of KKL-JNF in Israel. "Israel and KKL-JNF are synonyms", he said. "Both ideas are connected very strongly with the idea of smart agriculture – the treatment of wastewater, of turning rocky lands into gardens, into fruits, into production, into life, and I think that we can cooperate tremendously with all countries of the Balkans…I have great expectations from the cooperation between KKL-JNF and the lovely state of Montenegro." 

HE Levy also hailed the recent appointment of Montenegro's first ambassador to Israel who will serve in a non-residential capacity."I hope that soon we will have a real embassy of Montonegro in Israel, and maybe one day, an embassy of Israel here," he said. 


Left: Film producer Branko Lustig & Menachem Leibovic
Right: Menachem Leibovic, Avi Dickstein, and Podgorica Mayor Dr. Miomir Mugosha. 

Photos: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

KKL-JNF Vice Chairman Menachem Leibovic thanked the Government of Montenegro for its "great kindness and total support." 

"Montenegro is a small Jewish community, but a very lively and active community, and very important to the State of Israel," he said. "KKL-JNF is known as a well renowned expert inpushing back the desert, and stopping it from expanding, which causes a decline in soil fertility. KKL-JNF would be honored to share our knowledge the government and professional bodies in Montenegro, or in any other country in the Balkans, for that matter."
 

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According to the information reaching Israel, the apparent deal is bad and dangerous for world peace. It lowers the pressure of sanctions that took years to build while Iran retains its nuclear enrichment capability. 
PM Netanyahu addresses Jewish Federations of North America (10 Nov 2013):

"The international community has placed demands on Iran to cease and desist the building of capabilities to produce atomic bombs that will threaten us and threaten the peace of the world. They put together a sanctions regime that has brought Iran to its knees, crippling sanctions. The purpose of those sanctions was to get Iran to dismantle – dismantle – its nuclear enrichment capabilities, which are used for atomic bombs and its heavy water plutonium reactor, which is used for atomic bombs...

Now there's a deal. Why the Iranians came to deal is obvious: because the sanctions are biting their economy, crippling that regime. So they came to the table because they have to. And what is being offered now, and I'm continuously updated in detail, I know what I'm talking about. What is being proposed now is a deal in which Iran retains all of that capacity. Not one centrifuge is dismantled. Not one. Iran gets to keep tons of low enriched uranium, and they can take these centrifuges, which are not dismantled, in the halls, underground – using advanced centrifuges that they've already installed, some of them, that are not dismantled – and they can rush within a few weeks, maybe a couple of months, that's all, and create at the time of their choosing, the fissile material for a bomb.

Iran does not give up anything of that. It makes a minor concession that is meaningless in today's technology and in their current capacities. In other words, none of the demands of the Security Council resolutions, which the P5+1 powers passed are met. None of them! But what is given to them is the beginning of the rollback of sanctions. This means that the sanctions that took years to put in place are beginning to roll back with several billions of dollars of assets that are freed up; the automotive industry contracts that is central to Iran's economy freed up; petrochemical industry freed up; matters that involved gold and even petroleum revenues freed up some...

This is the deal that is proposed now. Iran does not roll back its nuclear weapons-making capacities at all, but the P5+1 are rolling back sanctions. That's a bad deal. It's a dangerous deal because it keeps Iran as a nuclear threshold nation and it may very well bring about a situation where the sanctions are dissolved or collapsed. It's a bad and dangerous deal that deals with the thing that affects our survival...

We shall continue to work with the rest of the world, and it's good that we have now a few days because this is not only in the interest of Israel; this is in the interest of the entire world. Yes, we speak up, but I think there are other nations in this region and perhaps beyond who can now unite and say: we do not want a nuclear Iran and we stand together to make sure that Iran dismantles its enrichment capacities, its heavy water plutonium reactor, all the things that they need to make nuclear weapons. They're not entitled to it and it is possible right now, given the precariousness and vulnerability of the Iranian economy, to press forward the demand for Iran to dismantle its nuclear bomb-making capacity...."


President Peres at state memorial to David Ben-Gurion in Sde Boker (10 Nov 2013):

"Yesterday the P5+1 did not come to an agreement, and rightly so. A deal which does not prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power must not be signed. The wording at hand does not answer this requirement. Preventing a nuclear Iran was the P5+1's very purpose and I hope that it remains so. This is also the unyielding position of the State of Israel. We are not opposed to diplomacy to achieve this goal. But there is no point in a deal which would not prevent Iran from becoming nuclear. I believe that our government's position, expressed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is right."


PM Netanayhu at Cabinet meeting (10 Nov 2013):


"Over the weekend I spoke with US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron. 

I told them that according to the information reaching Israel, the apparent deal is bad and dangerous. It is dangerous not just for us, it is also dangerous for them. It is dangerous for world peace because it lowers the pressure of sanctions that took years to build while on the other hand, Iran, in practice, retains its nuclear enrichment capability as well as the ability to advance along the plutonium track. I emphasize that the proffered deal does not include the dismantling of even one centrifuge. 

I asked all the leaders – why the haste? I proposed that they wait, that they consider the matter seriously. This is an historic process and these are historic decisions. I asked to wait. It is good that this is what was decided in the end but I am not deluding myself – there is a strong desire to reach an agreement, I hope not an agreement at any price, and if there is to be an agreement then it needs to be a good agreement and not a bad agreement. I hope that they will reach a good agreement and we will do our utmost to convince the major powers and the leaders to avoid a bad agreement."


PM Netanyahu after meeting with US Secretary Kerry (8 Nov 2013):

"I met Secretary Kerry right before he leaves to Geneva. I reminded him that he said that no deal is better than a bad deal. And the deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge. But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years. Iran gets everything that it wanted at this stage and pays nothing. And this is when Iran is under severe pressure.

I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal, a very, very, bad deal. It’s the deal of a century for Iran; it’s a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community."


PM Netanyahu prior to meeting with US Secretary Kerry (8 Nov 2013):

"I understand that the Iranians are walking around very satisfied in Geneva, as well they should be, because they got everything, and paid nothing, they wanted. They wanted relief from sanctions after years of a grueling sanctions regime. They got that. They are paying nothing because they are not reducing in any way their nuclear enrichment capability. So Iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal. This is a very bad deal.

Israel utterly rejects it and what I am saying is shared by many, many in the region whether or not they express it publicly. Israel is not obliged by this agreement and Israel will do everything it needs to defend itself, to defend the security of its people."


PM Netanyahu at the conference on joint strategic dialogue between the Government of Israel and world Jewish communities (7 Nov 2013):

"Israel understands that there are proposals on the table in Geneva today that ease the pressure on Iran for concessions that are not concessions at all. The proposal would allow Iran to retain the capabilities to make nuclear weapons. Israel totally opposes these proposals. I believe that adopting them is a mistake of historic proportions. They must be rejected outright.

The sanctions regime has brought the Iranian economy to the edge of the abyss. And the P5+1 can compel Iran to fully dismantle its nuclear weapons program. This means ending all enrichment, stopping all work on the heavy water plutonium reactor. Anything else will make a peaceful solution less likely. Israel always reserves the right to defend itself, by itself, against any threat."


PM Netanyahu to delegation of US members of Congress (7 Nov 2013):

"If the news that I am receiving of the impending proposal by the P5+1 is true, this is the deal of the century, for Iran. Because Iran is essentially giving nothing and it's getting all the air taken out, the air begins to be taken out of the pressure cooker that it took years to build in the sanctions regime. What we're having today is a situation that Iran is giving up, at best, a few days of enrichment time, but the whole international regime's sanctions policy has the air taken out of it. That's a big mistake, it will relieve all the pressure inside Iran, it is a historic mistake, a grievous historic error."


PM Netanyahu after meeting with US Secretary Kerry (6 Nov 2013):

"I believe that as long as they continue their goal to enrich uranium, to get nuclear weapons, the pressure should be maintained and even increased because they're increasing enrichment, and I believe that it's possible with intense pressure because of the sanctions regime led in large part by the United States to get Iran to fully dismantle its nuclear weapons program, and that's really what we're seeking.

A full, peaceful, complete dismantling of Iran's nuclear weapons capability, end of all enrichment, end of all centrifuges, end of the plutonium reactor. If this is achieved, I'd welcome it. I'd be very worried with any partial deals that enable Iran to maintain those capabilities but begin to reduce sanctions because I think this could undermine the longevity and durability of the sanctions regime."
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President Peres to the Iranian leadership:

"There is an opportunity to solve this issue diplomatically. It is in your hands. Reject terrorism. Stop the nuclear program. Stop the development of long-range missiles."

President Peres on the peace process:

"While the peace process is difficult and complicated, we shall not give up.  We shall not postpone it. We shall continue negotiations until a peaceful solution is reached. We negotiate because we disagree. We negotiate to convert disagreement into an agreement."

 

The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, delivered a speech before a plenary session of the Mexican Senate. President Peres addressed the major challenges, threats and opportunities facing Israel and the international community including the Iranian nuclear threat, the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians and the importance of strengthening Mexican-Israeli relations.

President Peres addressed the Iranian leadership and the people of Iran and said they have an obligation to end their race for nuclear weapons and abide by the international agreement, "There are countries that try to take advantage of this transition (in the Middle East). And attempt to overpower other countries and stop their march to the new age.  They do it by building nuclear threats, centers of terror, tongues of hatred.  Iran has signed an interim agreement with the P5+1. Success or failure of the deal will be judged by results, not by words. As far as Israel is concerned, we do not consider the Iranian people our enemies.  We do not share a border. We do share a common history.  It demonstrates that we can be friendly. There is an opportunity to solve this issue diplomatically. It is in your hands. Reject terrorism. Stop the nuclear program. Stop the development of long-range missiles. Israel like the rest of the international community prefers a diplomatic solution.  But the international community will not tolerate a nuclear Iran. No one threatens Iran. When Iran will cease to threaten others, it will liberate itself from the burden which it has brought upon itself.  I truly hope that this deal will free the Iranian people from being a source of menace and will turn it into a contributing nation for peace. Only time will tell. Israel extends its hand in peace to all its neighbors. But we have learned from bitter experience to beware of tyrants. Tyranny has no message for the future. It offers dark nights instead of enlightened days.   The real promise of progress lies in the employment of science and technology by a society which seeks justice and peace."

 

President Peres also addressed the attempts to make a breakthrough in the peace talks with the Palestinians and said, "As far as Israel is concerned, our greatest challenge today is to bring an end to the conflict with the Palestinians.  We restarted negotiations with the Palestinians. It is a serious attempt to bring it to a successful conclusion. Peace will open new vistas, both to us and the Palestinians. Each of us – regardless of ethnicity and religion – was created equal in the image of the Lord. And has an equal chance to become better.  We were not born to rule over other people. We have no ambition to control land which is not ours. We have shown it in fact when we made peace with Egypt and peace with Jordan. We returned to them all their land and assets which fell in our hands as a result of wars which we didn't initiate.  This peace withstands the storms in our region. Our negotiations with the Palestinians twenty years ago were opened in Oslo. We were first to recognize the Palestinians as a people. As an opening, we agreed with the Palestinians that they will have autonomy as a first step. Gradually, they would become an independent state, living side by side with the State of Israel.  Later on we decided unilaterally to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, leaving it to the independent control of the Palestinians. Unfortunately, the Hamas organization forced the Palestinian Authority out and turned the Strip into a launching pad, firing missiles against Israeli civilians. There is no reason for it. It is without purpose. It became a setback for all peace-loving people, on both sides.  It interrupted the peace process and it produced a warning that if it should continue likewise in the West Bank, it may bring face the same unfortunate results. I think the entire international community, has to call upon the Hamas in Gaza to stop terror and permit peace. While the peace process is difficult and complicated, we shall not give up.  We shall not postpone it. We shall continue negotiations until a peaceful solution is reached. We negotiate because we disagree. We negotiate to convert disagreement into an agreement. To turn hostility into friendship. To convert conflict into goodwill. While we are still negotiating, we have already an agreement for the basis of the solution: the two state solution.  Two states for two peoples. Living side by side in peace. The opening has happened and the solution is agreed upon. What we have to do is build a bridge between the two."

 

President Peres addressed relations with Mexico and said, "We salute your leadership, your spirit of innovation, your readiness to take off and fulfill untapped potentials. We have come here as friends in the hopes to create joint initiatives based on Mexican goodwill and Israeli goodwill. I believe that through wide-ranging and daring collaboration, we shall benefit from the fruits of friendship. As I stand before the highest democratic institution of Mexico, I wish to express my high regard for this esteemed democratic forum. Your Senate is a leading force to offer freedom, justice and prosperity to your peoples, to your neighbors, and to the rest of the world.  We are delighted to be your friends, and wish to be your partners in depth, height, and progress."

Earlier in the day President Peres opened the 'Israel-Mexico Business Forum which included 500 Israeli and Mexican companies.

 

 

Photo Mark Newman GPO

 

 

 

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President Peres hosted a state welcome ceremony for the President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski

President Peres:

"Our young people and children return to Poland year after year full of sorrow and bravery to tell the world that we will never forget"

 

"Almost half of the victims of the Nazi Holocaust were murdered in Poland; the Jewish and Polish people swore that the darkest days of our history will never be repeated"

 

President Komorowski:

Poland has a special sensitivity with regards to Israel's sovereignty

 

Poland is committed to educating to ensure remembrance of the Holocaust and to an uncompromising fight against anti-Semitism

                         

President Peres hosted an official state welcome ceremony for the President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, this morning at the President's Residence in Jerusalem. President Peres and President Komorowski inspected an IDF honor guard and delivered statements at the ceremony. President Peres began his speech and said, "Welcome to Israel, Mr. President. You are a true friend of Israel who takes a clear stance anti-Semitism. Almost half of the victims of the Nazi Holocaust were murdered in Poland; the Jewish and Polish people swore that the darkest days of our history will never be repeated. Our young people and children return to Poland year after year full of sorrow and bravery to tell the world that we will never forget." President Peres continued and said, "The State of Israel is engaged in negotiations for peace. Our greatest hope is the hope for peace. I know that Poland also has a great hope that the peace process will be completed, we will do all that we to come to an agreement with our Palestinian neighbors."

 

President Komorowski of Poland began by stressing the historic relations between Israel and Poland and his countries commitment to standing by Israel. He said that Poland has a special sensitivity with regards to Israel's sovereignty. He added that Poland is committed to educating to ensure remembrance of the Holocaust and to an uncompromising fight against anti-Semitism.  He expressed his hope for peace, security and stability in the region and for Poland to continue to strengthen her relations with Israel in the fields of economic cooperation, diplomacy, science.

President Peres thanked his counterpart and said, "Israel sees in Poland a responsible partner within the European Union. I thank you for your support for Israel and your clear stance on the Iranian issue and Israel's right to security. Removing the Iranian threat is important to Israel but also to the entire world, ideally through economic sanctions. The sanctions have had an impact and there is value in continuing them. Israel will not be a victim of threats. Israel and Poland are in the same camp, the camp of peace, security and cooperation. You are a personal friend of Israel and I thank you for your visit."

 

Later today at 16:00   President Peres will accompany President Komorowski at an official visit to the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem. Then at 19:00     President Peres will host a State Dinner in honor of the President of the Poland which will be attended by prominent figures from Israel and Poland. During the dinner President Peres and President Komorowski will deliver speeches

 

Photo Credit: Mark Neiman/GPO

 

 

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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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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)

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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 Add a comment

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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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