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 On Tuesday evening, May 16th, H.E Mr. Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, arrived in Israel for a 3 day visit focused on strengthening the already deep bilateral relations between Costa Rica and Israel. As part of the trip, the Embassy of Costa Rica hosted a special reception on Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv. On Wednesday Mr. Gonzalez Sanz had a private audience with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin. On Thursday the Foreign Minister is expected to visit Yad Vashem, where he will participate in a special memorial ceremony. On Thursday Mr. Gonzalez was also expected to meet with Israeli diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

At the press conference prior to Tuesday evening’s reception, Mr. Gonzalez mentioned the already strong ties between the Costa Rica and Israel, and the will to advance those ties represented by his first trip to Israel as Foreign Minister. When asked about the location of the embassy, in light of recent discussions involving a potential US Embassy move to Jerusalem, Minister Gonzalez stressed that, although symbolic, the location of the embassy would not impact its role or function, which is to advance bilateral relations regardless of the city in which it’s located. In response to an incisive question about how well Costa Rica’s model as a demilitarized country could prove as a blueprint for a Palestinian state, the Foreign Minister said that although demilitarization has proved successful for Costa Rica, he did not expect it to necessarily work for every country, or situation. Regardless, he emphasized, the goal should be to strive for peace, and Costa Rica would certainly be happy to share its expertise and experience with countries which are interested.

Ambassador Esteban Penrod Padilla opened the evening by noting that it signified the importance of the Israel-Costa Rica relationship. Ambassador Padilla highlighted Costa Rica’s numerous achievements in industrial production, services and innovation, and the appeal that this has created for international investors and multinational corporations. The Ambassador cited Costa Rican developments in medical technology, aerospace, and renewable energy. He also mentioned the important role that Israeli entrepreneurs have played thus far in Costa Rica’s development, and the similarities between both countries as innovation hubs for foreign investment, and called for increased commercial ties going forward.

 

 

Ambassador Penrod then called up the Allalouf family, who have served as Costa Rica’s Honorary Consul to Israel for three successive generations, to receive a special gift on behalf of the Government of Costa Rica. Honorary Consul Nathan Allalouf spoke on behalf of his family. Consul Allalouf mentioned the duration and intensity of the relationship between the countries, which he said Israel’s former President Shimon Peres had once described as a “love story.” Mr. Allalouf explained how this historical relationship was intertwined with his own heritage, with his father and grandfather both having served as Honorary Consuls.

Speaking on behalf of the Israeli Government, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipy Hotovely recalled the diplomatic efforts of Padre Benjamin Nuñez of Costa Rica to ratchet up support for a Jewish state, efforts which paid off with the 1947 United Nations vote which enabled the creation of the modern state of Israel. Hotoveli also looked to a brighter future involving Costa Rican and Israeli cooperation. The Deputy Minister mentioned her hope to advance free trade arrangements, and to arranging an Israeli delegation visit to Costa Rica in the future.

As the keynote speaker, Minister Gonzalez elaborated upon his position regarding the role of the governments of Costa Rica and Israel in improving future cooperation and investments. He said that the private sector should be allowed to determine the scope, gamut and direction of bilateral cooperation. The job of the respective governments, said Minister Gonzalez, was to establish a situation of trust, peace and stability which is conducive to that private sector cooperation and innovation. In closing, the Foreign Minister expressed his hope for increased success between the two nations, and urged his audience to see Costa Rica with their own eyes as part of a long-term plan to amplify future joint commercial efforts.

Steven Aiello, founder of the Debate for Peace MUN program (debateforpeace.wordpress.com).
On Tuesday evening, May 17th, H.E Mr. Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, arrived in Israel for a 3 day visit focused on strengthening the already deep bilateral relations between Costa Rica and Israel. As part of the trip, the Embassy of Costa Rica hosted a special reception on Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv. On Wednesday Mr. Gonzalez Sanz had a private audience with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin. On Thursday the Foreign Minister is expected to visit Yad Vashem, where he will participate in a special memorial ceremony. On Thursday Mr. Gonzalez was also expected to meet with Israeli diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

At the press conference prior to Tuesday evening’s reception, Mr. Gonzalez mentioned the already strong ties between the Costa Rica and Israel, and the will to advance those ties represented by his first trip to Israel as Foreign Minister. When asked about the location of the embassy, in light of recent discussions involving a potential US Embassy move to Jerusalem, Minister Gonzalez stressed that, although symbolic, the location of the embassy would not impact its role or function, which is to advance bilateral relations regardless of the city in which it’s located. In response to an incisive question about how well Costa Rica’s model as a demilitarized country could prove as a blueprint for a Palestinian state, the Foreign Minister said that although demilitarization has proved successful for Costa Rica, he did not expect it to necessarily work for every country, or situation. Regardless, he emphasized, the goal should be to strive for peace, and Costa Rica would certainly be happy to share its expertise and experience with countries which are interested.

Ambassador Esteban Penrod Padilla opened the evening by noting that it signified the importance of the Israel-Costa Rica relationship. Ambassador Padilla highlighted Costa Rica’s numerous achievements in industrial production, services and innovation, and the appeal that this has created for international investors and multinational corporations. The Ambassador cited Costa Rican developments in medical technology, aerospace, and renewable energy. He also mentioned the important role that Israeli entrepreneurs have played thus far in Costa Rica’s development, and the similarities between both countries as innovation hubs for foreign investment, and called for increased commercial ties going forward.

Ambassador Penrod then called up the Allalouf family, who have served as Costa Rica’s Honorary Consul to Israel for three successive generations, to receive a special gift on behalf of the Government of Costa Rica. Honorary Consul Nathan Allalouf spoke on behalf of his family. Consul Allalouf mentioned the duration and intensity of the relationship between the countries, which he said Israel’s former President Shimon Peres had once described as a “love story.” Mr. Allalouf explained how this historical relationship was intertwined with his own heritage, with his father and grandfather both having served as Honorary Consuls.

Speaking on behalf of the Israeli Government, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipy Hotovely recalled the diplomatic efforts of Padre Benjamin Nuñez of Costa Rica to ratchet up support for a Jewish state, efforts which paid off with the 1947 United Nations vote which enabled the creation of the modern state of Israel. Hotoveli also looked to a brighter future involving Costa Rican and Israeli cooperation. The Deputy Minister mentioned her hope to advance free trade arrangements, and to arranging an Israeli delegation visit to Costa Rica in the future.

As the keynote speaker, Minister Gonzalez elaborated upon his position regarding the role of the governments of Costa Rica and Israel in improving future cooperation and investments. He said that the private sector should be allowed to determine the scope, gamut and direction of bilateral cooperation. The job of the respective governments, said Minister Gonzalez, was to establish a situation of trust, peace and stability which is conducive to that private sector cooperation and innovation. In closing, the Foreign Minister expressed his hope for increased success between the two nations, and urged his audience to see Costa Rica with their own eyes as part of a long-term plan to amplify future joint commercial efforts.

 

Steven Aiello, founder of the Debate for Peace MUN program (debateforpeace.wordpress.com).

Photos by Silvia G Golan

 

 

 

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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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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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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The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen, on 17 May to discuss Israel's
successful participation in Horizon 2020, European Union's research and innovation funding programme.

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