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The International Mediterranean Tourism Market Exhibition (IMTM) is an international event that brings together Israeli tourists, tourism operators, their colleagues and clients from abroad and the general public, and is the main annual meeting point of the Israeli tourism industry.

The 25th IMTM Exhibition will be held on February 12-13, 2019 at Pavilion 2 at the Tel-Aviv Exhibition Grounds.

This is the second year in which the exhibition is being held in Pavilion 2, following the constant growth in the number of participants and the desire to improve and renew the exhibition's visibility. Pavilion 2 is a flexible space covering a total area of 6,000 square meters and a height of 20 meters.

 The international tourism exhibition has gained momentum in recent years and is considered the flagship event of the tourism industry in Israel. Each year, the number of participants and countries that register is increasing. This year 50 countries will arrive, including European countries such as Russia, Romania, Hungary, Spain, Malta, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and more. Asian countries such as India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Australia and more. Countries from Africa Botswana, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Latin American countries such as Panama, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Brazil.

 In addition, representatives of the Brazilian airline LATAM, who announced direct flights from Israel to Sao Paulo, China Airlines and Azerbaijan airlines, will also arrive for the first time.

The exhibition will also include a medical tourism conference at an international level, where experts from medicine and body health from all over the world can meet.

 IMTM is the annual and oldest event of the tourism industry in Israel. It was organized by "Ortra" Ltd. and Israel Travel News, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and is sponsored by the Israel Hotel Association, the Israel Tourist Association and the Association of Travel Agents in Israel.





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On Thursday, January 10th, the “Chen” Young Ambassadors School of Petah Tiqva hosted TiqvaMUN 2019, the largest Model UN conference ever held in Petah Tiqva. In total, 200 students from more than 20 schools and cities around Israel joined the conference themed “Human Rights”. The conference was hosted at the Ahad Ha’am Junior High school in Petah Tiqva.


Students competed in 5 committees, addressing protection of journalists, racism and xenophobia, children in armed conflicts, Kashmir, and child soldiers. Students came from schools all over the country: Sakhnin, Akko, Arabba and Iksal, Nazareth, Even Yehuda, Haifa, Jerusalem, Modi’in, Mazkeret Batya, and many other towns and cities. From Petah Tiqva, schools from all over the city were represented, including the diplomatic classes run through the Young Ambassadors school at Ahad Ha’am six-year school, Ahad Ha’am Ramat Verber, and Ben Zvi junior high school.


Students were assigned countries and topics in advance, and researched to prepare their positions. During the conference, they gave speeches, debated, negotiated and tried to solve the pressing issues covered in their committees. Rachel Amrani, the director of the Young Ambassadors program, noted that all of this took place in English and the students represent their countries as diplomats in line with their country’s policies in reality: “This process teaches multiculturalism and international relations. This is just one example of the important work we do at the Young Ambassadors to promote the leaders of the future.”




Following the conference, there was the awards ceremony, during which the top performing delegates in each committee were called up to receive certificates. This recognized their hard work and success in the conference, but each delegate also received a certificate of participation acknowledging their impressive work.


What is especially unique about this conference is that it also incorporated 4th-6th graders, the youngest MUN students in the country, who are trained through the Young Ambassadors school programs in their elementary schools. They discussed the topic of child soldiers, and eventually reached a resolution which passed unanimously. Mrs. Amrani told Diplomacy that “we are very pleased to see these young students joining and integrating into the national MUN framework, as they too represent the brightest future leaders. It’s never too early to start with MUN, and with leadership training in general! TiqvaMUN is just the beginning of a long term vision for MUN success.”


Yonatan Avidor, a participant from Herzliya as part of the Debate for Peace delegation, said that he believes that MUN gives students “so much‏: Debate skills, understanding the world, English, understanding people in depth, group work” and more. Moad Shadafni from Iksal village added that participating has given him “self-confidence that I didn't have before, as well as maintaining a close connection with my friends since we have the same interests.”


 Photos by Rachel Armani

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday evening (Sunday, 16 December 2018), at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, addressed a conference of Israeli ambassadors to Latin American, Asian and African countries. Following is an excerpt from his remarks:

"A great change has been created here. The Arab world needs technology and innovation. It needs water, electricity, medical care and high-tech. There is a growing connection between Israeli companies and the Arab world.


What is happening at the moment is that we are in a process of normalization with the Arab world without progress in the diplomatic process with the Palestinians.

The expectation was that progress or a breakthrough with the Palestinians would open links for us with the Arab world. This would have been true if it had happened. It seemed as if it was about to happen with the Oslo process but what happened was that the Arab refusal, together with the terrorism of the intifada, cost us almost 2,000 lives and wiped out this hope, which was shelved under Oslo governments.


Today we are going there without the Palestinians being involved and it is much stronger because it does not depend on their caprices. The Arab states are looking for links with the strong. Cultivating strengths gives us diplomatic power.

It is more likely that it will work in reverse. Links with the Arab world will bring normalization and create the conditions for developing links with the Palestinians."

Photo credit: Kobi Gideon (GPO)





23 December 2018 – On 19 December 2018, Mr. Ryan T. Uy, Vice President for Sales of Philippine Airlines, together with Mr. Ofer Reinhardt, CEO of Maman Aviation, called on Philippine Ambassador to the State of Israel Neal Imperial to discuss the possibility of opening non-stop flights between Manila and Tel Aviv.


“Direct flights between our two capitals will be a game-changer for two-way tourism and business connectivity. In 2017, a total of 17,446 Israeli tourists visited the Philippines. This year we expect the figure to rise to 20,000 tourist arrivals. Recent figures also show that Filipino tourists visiting Israel reached about 28,000,” said Ambassador Neal Imperial in supporting the vision of Philippine Airlines.


“The figures for two-way tourism, overseas Filipino workers in Israel, and business-related travels tell us that there is great potential for Philippine Airlines to expand its operations to the Holy Land and showcase our world-class air services and hospitality. Cargo shipment is also a commercially viable activity for Philippine Airlines considering that there are about 29,000 Filipinos working and living in Israel and the growing interaction between the business communities of Israel and the Philippines,” said Mr. Uy.


PAL said it hopes to cut travel time to only about 10.5 hours via a special flight route still being negotiated.


Direct flights would reduce the cost of airfare and shorten travel time between the two countries, allowing business travelers efficient use of their time and more possible adventures to explore for Israeli tourists.


(In photo) Ambassador Neal Imperial (center) with Philippine Airlines officials, Mr. Ryan T. Uy, Vice President for Sales, (left center) and Ms. Shiela Lim Yuliong, AVP – GSA/DTP Relations & Charter Service (far left), and Mr. Ofer Reinhardt, CEO of Maman Aviation (right center). Ambassador Neal Imperial is joined during the meeting by the Embassy’s Economic Officer, Vice Consul Judy Razon (far right).

Photo provided by Philippine Embassy





President Rivlin:

“It is crucially important to rebuild and improve the relations between Israeli leadership and the global Jewish community, first and foremost all streams of Jewish life in the United States. They are the ‘fifth tribe’ of our people.”               

“The discovery of offensive tunnels shows the depth of Iranian involvement in Lebanon. Only a unified international effort can stop the Iranians.”

President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Monday 10 December / 2 Tevet, addressed Israeli ambassadors to Europe, North America, the Middle East and international organizations at the MFA annual Heads of Missions Conference fat Beit HaNasi. Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yuval Rotem also spoke to the gathering. 

The president opened his remarks by thanking the Israeli foreign service and told the ambassadors “this meeting is an opportunity to thank you all for your efforts and your dedication. No country is an island. The relations you create, your diplomatic efforts, the partnerships, the links with science, arts and culture, the economic bridges you build, make Israel more open and make Israel safer. To a great extent, thanks to you, the State of Israel is known in the world and enjoys recognition and legitimacy. Statesmanship is a profession of crises and opportunities. At its best, I believe, statesmanship plays an even more important role, turning crises into opportunities – and we have a surfeit of both crises and opportunities.” 



Speaking about the situation in Europe, the president said “Israel wants and must remain, first and foremost, a national home and a safe haven for the Jewish people. It seems like Europe, too, is increasingly looking for the language of nations, and this has both positive and negative implications. The differences between us and some of our European partners on the question of our relations with the Palestinians need not block all cooperation between us. Despite the difficulties and disappointments we have experienced in our relations with Europe, Israel cannot give up on Europe. Europe is geographically and culturally close; our values are close. Europe is our largest trading partner, and we face the fight against terrorism and extremism together. On the other hand, the return of nationalist discourse to Europe has negative aspects. That discourse is often accompanied by anti-Semitism and xenophobia and that poses problems for Jewish communities and the State of Israel. We must not show any tolerance for expressions of anti-Semitism. We reject anti-Semitism, even if it takes on different guises, hiding behind the fig-leaf of supporting and loving the State of Israel.” 



President Rivlin spoke about relations between Israel and the United States, saying “I want to send my thanks from here to the American administration for its uncompromising support for Israeli security and for the new channels that have begun to develop with countries in the Middle East thanks to American support. We will continue to work with the administration. We will also continue to work to maintain and develop relations with all parts of American society and the political system.” 

The president added, “Israel must maintain within bipartisan consensus. We must devote more effort and thought to this. And I say this because I think not enough has been done to maintain and develop our relations with the Democratic Party and with liberal voices in America. I also think that it is crucially important to rebuild and improve the relations between Israeli leadership and the global Jewish community, first and foremost all streams of Jewish life in the United States. They are the ‘fifth tribe’ of our people. 



Talking about Operation Northern Shield, the president emphasized that the discovery of offensive tunnels shows the depth of Iranian involvement in Lebanon and added, “Iran funds and directs Hizballah. Iran funds and directs the Shi’ite militias in Syria. Iran supports Hamas and Islamic Jihad across the Middle East. Iran destabilizes the region. And time after time, Israel faces the Iranian threat and challenges Iranian hegemony. Your work in this field, across the world, is critical. We need not fear explaining Israel’s position time after time. In particular, we need to work with the Europeans who try to give the Iranians a lifeline to get around the nuclear deal and US sanctions while, all the time, Iran exports terrorism, continues with its missile program and even carries out acts of terrorism in Europe itself. Only a unified international effort can stop the Iranians.” 

Photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom (GPO)