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A delegation of Senior Officials Headed by Nasscom Group from India’s Hi-Tech Sector Arrives in Israel in Search for Collaborations and Investments

Israel Innovation Authority to Sign Technological Collaboration Agreements With India's Mega Companies Focusing on Agriculture & Water, ICT And Healthcare Technologies

March 5th, 2019 - Jerusalem – A business delegation from India, the fastest growing economy in the world, is visiting Israel this week. “India Week, Israel 2019”, taking place March 4-7 is being hosted by the Israel Innovation Authority, the Embassy of India to Israel, and the representative of the Israeli Trade Mission to New Delhi from the Ministry of Economy and Industry. As part of the event, a delegation of 30 CEOs and chairpersons of leading companies in the Indian hi-tech industry will arrive for the first Israel-India Innovation Conference taking place on March 6th.

Executives from India's Ministry of Science and Technology and the Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) will participate in the Israel-India I4F Fund board meeting and will announce the second round of the fund's investments in technological collaborations between India and Israel. Simultaneously, a high level business delegation arriving in Israel will be headed by Debjani Ghosh, current President of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), a trade association of Indian technology companies, and former Managing Director, South Asia and VP SMG, Intel. Ms. Ghosh will also be the keynote speaker at the conference.

The Indian delegation is arriving to examine up close new technologies developed in Israel, strengthen business ties through new projects and opportunities for investment, and create technological partnerships between the two countries, focusing on several fields of interest: Fintech, e-commerce, cybersecurity, digital health, and mobile. According to conference organizers, the goal is to create an ongoing, long-term economic partnership between the two countries. Furthermore, the delegation will also be meeting with Start Up Nation Central.

On March 6th, the highlight of the week is the Israel-India Innovation Conference, organized by the Israel Innovation Authority, and hosted by CEO of the Authority, Aharon Aharon, India's Ambassador to Israel, Head of India's Department of Science and Technology and Head of the Foreign Trade Administration at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry Ohad Cohen.  The event will include a panel and business sessions, the signing of collaboration agreements with Indian companies, a showcase of India’s technological needs featuring B2B meetings exploring potential partnerships with Israeli companies in the fields of ICT, healthcare, water technology, and AgriTech, and an announcement of the companies and projects that received the I4F fund's grants.

According to Aharon Aharon, CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority: “India sees Israel as an incubator for groundbreaking innovation. Cooperation with Israeli companies and organizations can help Indian companies gain a competitive advantage in the global arena. In order to implement their growth policy, India needs innovative technologies in a variety of challenging fields. For Israeli companies, this is an excellent opportunity to establish technological partnerships with Indian companies and to leverage the potential of the Indian market.”

Among the Indian companies that will sign a collaboration agreement with the Israel Innovation Authority is the Wipro Group, established in 1945 and covering a multitude of fields including ICT and industrial manufacturing, with revenue of over $10 billion. The goal of the group is to locate Israeli companies in numerous fields including, industry 4.0, water and healthcare in order to leverage the group's operations in India and globally. Collaboration with the Israel Innovation Authority will enable the Wipro group to locate Israeli technology companies that match their operations and in return they will provide such companies with a supportive suite including financial and non-financial tool-sets for research and development, adapting products to the Indian market, and implementing products and pilots in India.

Another company is EM3, that is looking to import Israeli agricultural technologies and make them accessible to farmers in India who are unable to benefit from advanced technologies. EM3 is renowned in India as the “Uber of farmers,” renting out equipment to farmers based on time or acres farmed, doing away with the need for farmers to purchase expensive equipment, and giving them access to advanced technology at low costs. The company is connected today to some 200 farmers' support centers and expected to grow to 700 centers by the end of 2019. The pilot agreement with EM3 represents great potential for Israeli companies looking to access Indian agriculture centers and implement innovative technologies suitable for this specific market.

“Over the last year and a half, we have witnessed significant developments in trade relations with India,” said Ohad Cohen, Head of the Foreign Trade Administration at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry. “In 2018, we observed for the first time in years, a significant 10% increase in the volume of exports to the country. This type of growth bolsters India’s position as one of Israel’s top ten largest and most significant trading partners. We are pleased that our efforts to strengthen economic and trade relations and innovative projects between Israel and India has borne such impressive results and partnerships, including the “Israel-India Bridge to Innovation” program and the “Israel-India R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F),” both launched during the visit of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India a year ago. Government and business leaders from both countries are constantly examining opportunities for investment and partnerships, not just in the fields of agriculture, water, and security as in the past, but also in innovative fields such as fintech, smart transportation, digital health, smart city solutions, and cybersecurity. The NASSCOM delegation, which includes heads of 30 leading technology companies from various sectors across India, has arrived in Israel to gain exposure to technological innovations and solutions and to examine opportunities for investment and collaboration. This is further evidence of warming trade relations between India and Israel. Representatives of the Foreign Trade Administration in Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry in Bangalore, Mumbai, and New Delhi will continue to serve as a one-stop source for connecting government and private entities in India and Israel, in order to maximize the potential for trade and business relations between India – the fastest growing economy in the world – and Israel – at the forefront of global innovation and R&D.”

Members of the business delegation from India will also attend the OurCrowd annual conference, also taking place this week, and participate in various events associated with FinTech Week Tel Aviv. They will also visit Wix, Pitango, SOSA, Checkmarx, and several startup accelerators.

Background on India’s economy: India enjoys the fastest economic growth in the world, at over 7% annually. In five years, it will become the world’s most populous country. In 2017, the scope of foreign investment in India stood at $40 billion, more than five times the amount in 2005. India's 2018 exports, including diamonds, amounted to $2.136 billion, a 10% increase compared to 2017.

Since the election of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, India has announced its intentions to change the face of the country. Initiatives include doubling the income of small-scale farmers by 2022, opening 150,000 new healthcare centers in peripheral areas, and transforming 100 central cities into smart cities. These initiatives are backed by extensive financial investment, including $1.7 billion in a new plan for the country’s health system and almost $1 billion dollars in developing agricultural innovations, creating connections between investors and startups, and investment in digitization and infrastructure. India’s ICT sector is expected to generate $225 billion by 2020.



President Rivlin’s comment on the decision by Pope Francis to open the Vatican archives from the period of the Holocaust

President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Monday 4 March / 27 Adar I, commented on Pope Francis’s decision: “The brave and welcome decision by my friend Pope Francis, to authorize the opening of the Vatican archives for the period of the Holocaust, will allow free and unmediated access to records of the darkest period in human history. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. This step is particularly important in these days of ongoing anti-Semitic attacks, the rewriting of history and attempts to deny the Holocaust.”

 President photo credit Silvia Golan


 Yad Vashem's Response to the Vatican's Announcement to Open its Pius XII Archives

(4 March 2019 – Jerusalem) Yad Vashem commends the Vatican's decision to open the Pius XII Archives, covering the years 1939-1958. For years, Yad Vashem has called for the opening of these archives, which will enable objective and open research as well as comprehensive discourse on issues related to the conduct of the Vatican in particular, and the Catholic Church in general, during the Holocaust.

Yad Vashem expects that researchers will be granted full access to all documents stored in the archives.





The second annual Debate for Peace delegation to MEDIMUN returned to Israel from Nicosia, Cyprus on February 11th. The delegation included ten students from five schools around Israel, representing Eritrea, Kazakhstan, and Singapore in four UNGA committees and the Security Council, as they dealt with a range of topics related to the theme of Children’s Rights.


This was the 14th annual MEDIMUN conference, hosted by the English School of Nicosia, and the second consecutive year that Debate for Peace attended. In preparation for the conference, students received special training from The Cohen Idov Center for Debate and Rhetoric and met with Ambassador Thessalia Shambos at the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel.



The delegation arrived in Cyprus on February 7th, with the conference opening the next morning. After weeks of research, and three intense days of negotiating, debating, writing and amending resolutions, the plenary session and closing ceremony were held on February 10th. At the plenary session, resolutions from each general assembly subcommittee were voted on, followed by the distribution of awards. From the Debate for Peace delegation, Eliran Ben Yair received the Best Delegate award in the UN Security Council committee.


At the closing ceremony, Ann-­Kristin Kvilekval, the Senior Police Adviser of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus addressed the delegates, from more than thirty schools, and encouraged them to seize opportunities as they developed into future leaders. Following the ceremony, Ms. Kvilekval sat with the Debate for Peace delegation and led a discussion on feminism. She also answered questions for the students, and spoke about her own experience as a top police officer in Norway and at international missions around the world.




Maria Kayal, from Akko, told Diplomacy that “The delegation was really challenging” and that “we talked about really important topics and the debate was interesting. It was important to me to hear other people's opinions on those subjects and to let them hear mine. At the end, I had a great time, met new friends and learned a lot of new things.” Essa Hamody, from Sakhnin, added: “it was an interesting experience, trying to deal with a different style of MUN, writing a resolution with delegates and merging it gave the resolution more creativity.” Tal Zaidman, from Petah Tiqva, added “the MEDIMUN delegation was amazing! The conference was great. I learned a lot, it was an enriching experience. I met people that became my family in a very short time. And I had a great time with great people.”

Steven Aiello


 Photos Debate for Peace



The seventh Fashion Week Tel Aviv will be taking place from March 10 – 13 2019. This year’s Fashion Week is produced in full cooperation with the Blue and White Division at the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel. 


"This year, for the first time we are joining forces with the Blue and White Headquarters at Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry, with the goal to continue strengthening and promoting “Made In Israel” fashion brands”, announced Motty Reif, Founder and Chief Producer of Tel Aviv Fashion Week. "In addition, we will continue promoting changed beauty ideals, by including male and female models of all ages, sizes, colors, and religions. Our goal is to remain a driving force behind the fundamental changes occurring in the global fashion industry today and the democratization of fashion.”



Naama Kaufman, Vice Director General, Ministry of Economy and Industry and Chairwoman of the Blue and White Headquarters stated that “The textile industry and the Israeli fashion industry have a significant financial potential to contribute to the general workforce.  As part of our effort to promote Israeli fashion manufacturers and designers, we have decided to join Fashion Week Tel Aviv by Reif Entertainment and chose it as our main platform to promote our message.”

Fashion Week Tel Aviv will be taking place at Tel Aviv‘s picturesque port at Hangar 11, a location known for exclusive concerts and events.

Fashion Week will open with a special Gala Event on March, 10th, honoring designer Gideon Oberson that has influenced fashion in Israel and internationally for over 56 years.

60 famous models who have worked with Gideon Oberson over the years, including Pazit Cohen, Dana Wexler, Ronit Yudkevitch, Shelly Gafni, Orit Haber , Yael Abecassis, Dorit Yellnik, Dganit Cohen, Dorit Farkash, Nofit Shevach, Yelena Ralph, Gal Amir, Shiraz Tal, Ingrid Feldman, Irit Atalman, Omer Barbi, Sniel Barbi and Simona Guzman among others, will be taking stage during the festive show.

For the first time in Israel, Fashion Week Tel Aviv 2019 will be broadcasted live, exclusively on the Israeli Fashion Channel (35 on HOT and 38 on YES), including interviews, full coverage of the red carpet and more.

There will also be an option to purchase tickets for Tel Aviv Fashion Week shows at the Hangar 11 website:





Other novelties include the collaboration with GPS Radar, the private fashion community through which industry people will be able to connect and share all relevant updates and information specifically related to Tel Aviv Fashion Week.

Between March 11 – 13 a Designer Showroom will be operated at the Comme Il Faut Flagship Store, also located at the Tel Aviv Port, featuring Fashion Week participating designers and other young brands producing for international markets.

*Fashion Week schedule:

March 10th – FW Opening Night

March 11th – 13th  - Fashion Shows, Designer Showroom

*Full schedule upon request


Full Fashion Week Tel Aviv Designer List 2019:

Lara Rosnovsky

Dror Kontento

Shahar Avnet

Anya Fleet

Oryah Ezran

Holyland Civilians

Idan Laros

Vivi Bellaish

Alon Livne

Shenkar fashion design department

Shai Shalom

Dorin Frankfurt

Anya Fleet



Yvel Jewelry



Comme Il Faut


Bamoss Square





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Photos by Silvia G. Golan






President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Sunday 17 February / 12 Adar I, received the first Israeli spacecraft, SpaceIL’s ‘Bereishit’ (Genesis) as a national project ahead of its launch to the moon. President of SpaceIL Morris Kahn presented the initiative to the State of Israel as a national project around a week before the historic launch. Eight years of intensive work by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries will come to fruition with the launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida this Thursday.

The spacecraft will carry a time capsule, a copy of which was presented to the president. The time capsule has a huge database saved on special disks that can be removed from the spacecraft. There are hundreds of digital files, including the Bible and details about SpaceIL, the building of the spacecraft, Israeli national symbols, cultural items and materials collected by the public over the years. The time capsule will remain on the moon after the mission is completed.

“This is a historic moment. In a few days, the first Israeli spacecraft will be sent to the moon. ‘Bereishit’ will make history!” began the president. He added “when I was a child, we used to write fortunes on bubblegum wrappers – ‘by the time you’re 21, you’ll go to the moon’. Then, it seemed fantastical, impossible. Until now, only great powers have landed on the moon – the United States, the Soviet Union, and China. But if everything goes to plan, the State of Israel – our young and small country – will be the fourth country in history to land a spacecraft on the moon.”

The president added, “I hope that in a few months we will be able to say ‘we are on the moon, and we are staying on the moon’. Let me thank you for the decision to display a model of ‘Bereishit’ here at Beit HaNasi, and for transferring the project from private hands to the state. This project is of the greatest national importance. It is a national project!”

The president emphasized, “I am delighted and proud that you decided to turn this project into not just a wonderful technological achievement, but also an educational undertaking. You are an example of groundbreaking, audacious Israeli innovation. This is Zionism at its finest.”



Morris Kahn, President of Space IL, thanked the president, saying “Mr. President, it is a tremendous pleasure for me to present this wonderful project to the State of Israel. It is a tremendous achievement and I am proud to be part of it, and that the Israeli flag will soon fly on the moon. I also want to present you with a copy of the time capsule that will be sent to the moon on the spacecraft. It includes pictures sent by Israelis from all around the country, a miniature Bible and Israeli songs. Thank you for your support.”

Nimrod Sheffer, CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries: “IAI put Israel on the map many years ago when we joined the small club of developed nations that send satellites to space. As the Israeli home of space exploration, it was only natural that we would join SpaceIL’s wonderful and visionary project. The cooperation between us is a shining example of the extraordinary accomplishments we can achieve in the State of Israel.”

Photo credits: Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)