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The Embassy of Nepal in Israel in cooperation with Nepalese community in Israel organized a grand event to celebrate 2557th Birth Anniversary of Lord Buddha, Mount Everest Diamond Jubilee and tourism attractions in Nepal, in Tel Aviv, Israel on 25 May 2013.
The event was inaugurated jointly by HE Ambassador of Nepal Mr. Prahlad Kumar Prasai, HE Ambassador of Myanmar Mr. Myo Aye, HE Ambassador of Srilanka Mr. Sarath Devasena Wijesinghe and Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Suchart Liengsaengthong of Royal Thai Embassy. Welcoming the guests HE Ambassador of Nepal highlighted on the glory of birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini and urged the Israeli people to visit Lumbini among other places of Nepal. HE Ambassador also emphasized that Buddha’s message of compassion and devotion to the service of humanity is more relevant today than any other time in the history.

New ambassadors from Bulgaria, Ghana, Greece, Latvia, Guyana present on Tuesday 28th May 2013 , their credentials to President Shimon Peres,
as ambassadors in Israel.

Five new ambassadors thanked President Peres for his welcome and said it was a great privilege to serve in Israel and expressed their hope to develop ties between the two countries.

President wished success the new ambassadors and said: "You have reached a friendly country that now is your new home. Israel will do everything possible to meet your side and help you deepen economic ties, scientific and strategic bilateral" The new ambassadors are:

GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS

I was deeply honored to accept an invitation from the Ambassador of the United States to a reception last week honoring the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Israel; together with parliamentary dignitaries from a range of political parties, representatives from other embassies (including at least two ambassadors), religious leaders and some of the great movers and shakers of Israel’s vibrant LGBT community.

The theme of the ambassador’s words as he addressed the guests resonates: “Gay rights are human rights; human rights include gay rights.”















On May 20th 2013, in honor of Cameroon's National Day, we were warmly welcomed in the reception at the garden of Cameroon's Ambassador Villa, which was colorful decorated in Kfar Shmaryahu.

 A various selections of fruits cocktails welcomed the guests with a rhythmic exotic African music playing in the background.

Among the guests you could find, members of diplomatic missions in Israel, representatives of Israel Foreign Affairs Ministry, Israeli businessmen and members of Cameroon and Africa community in Israel.



















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.