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What a Welcome!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin and his wife Nechama during a welcoming ceremony in their honor at the airport in Agra, India on November 16, 2016.

President Rivlin is on official state visit in India.

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Rivlin on State Visit to India

Monday, November 14th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin and his wife landed in India on Monday for a state visit.

Rivlin was to join his counterpart, President Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, in opening an agro-tech conference in Chandigarh.

Rivlin was also scheduled for meetings with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Hana Levi Julian

Medvedev, Netanyahu, Rivlin, Discuss Bilateral Cooperation and Agricultural Innovation

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Israel on Wednesday and on Thursday held meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin. He plans to meet with opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Friday. But the Russian PM and his entourage appear to be more interested in visiting the Volcani Center in Beit Dagan, next door to Rishon L’tzion, which may be the most advanced facility in the world for agriculture research, focusing on plant sciences, animal sciences, plant protection, soil and environmental sciences, food sciences, and agricultural engineering.

On his visit there, alongside Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi), Medvedev was shown new technologies, including a robot, which should be ready for market in three years, designed for spraying agricultural fields and crops in hothouses. Also on Medvedev’s tour: a new tool for testing the sugar level in apples, to help farmers harvest their apple crops at the optimal time to fit with storage and marketing considerations. The same tool also checks the oil level of avocados and the ripeness of mango and papaya.

The Volcani tour will conclude with new sensors to monitor milk quality and output in cows, and new wheat storage solutions that protect against pests.

“I last visited Jerusalem in the 1990s, and I am glad to have an opportunity for myself and members of our delegation to visit Israel,” Medvedev told TASS on the eve of his trip.

The Russian prime minister pointed to the friendly relations between Russia and Israel that have lasted for many years, adding that, “of course, we will discuss our bilateral issues, including economic cooperation, political interaction and all kinds of international problems, which are plentiful in both this region and the entire world.”

President Rivlin noted that “Russia has always played an important role in our region,” and recalled that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Russia and Israel.

On Friday, besides meeting with Herzog, Medvedev will also visit Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and lay a wreath to the Eternal Flame there.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko told reporters on Thursday that “Russia and Israel are brought together by opposition to anti-Semitism, other manifestations of xenophobia and inter-ethnic strife. Together we stand against falsifying history, reconsidering the results of the Second World War, attempts to glorify accomplices of fascism, diminishing the decisive contribution of the Soviet Union to the victory over Nazi Germany, and denying the Holocaust.”


PM Netanyahu to Visit Australia, Singapore, Kazakhstan & Azerbaijan

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans a multi-stop tour of the eastern hemisphere in the next three months, with visits to Australia, Singapore and Kazakhstan, all of which have never before been visited by an Israeli prime minister.

Netanyahu also will visit Azerbaijan, where he once made a stop in 1997 during a previous term as prime minister. Israel buys most of its oil from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

The prime minister of Singapore has already visited Israel, back in April 2016, so Netanyahu’s visit comes as a reciprocal call, and the Israeli leader has been talking for months about a visit to “down under” as well.

Netanyahu is also planning a trip to Togo in Spring 2017 to attend a summit with West African nations.

In addition, President Reuven Rivlin is set to travel to India in two weeks, following the recent visit to Jerusalem this month by India’s President Pranab Mukherjee.

“Israel’s international relations are spreading in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and many other places,” said Netanyahu in remarks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

“We realize that this development flows from Israel’s technological and economic strength on one hand, and its security and intelligence capabilities on the other.

Both of these facilitate the development and flourishing of our international relations,” he added.

“This is not to say that we will not be challenged in international forums, like we saw in the scandalous UNESCO decisions, and it is likely that this will continue at the UN, but there is no doubt that even in international institutions, even in these scandalous votes, we have seen a change.”

A specific schedule for the travels of the prime minister and president has not yet been set.

Hana Levi Julian

Russian PM Medvedev to Visit Jerusalem, Ramallah for Talks

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Russia’s PM Dimitry Medvedev is slated to arrive in Israel on November 9, according to a report broadcast on Israel’s Channel 10 television news, quoting the Palestinian Authority on Saturday.

Medvedev plans to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, in an alleged attempt to “assist with peace efforts between the PA and Israel,” according to the report.

Russia announced on Friday, however, that Medvedev is to arrive in Israel for a two-day visit, slated for November 10-11, and said “a number of bilateral intergovernmental and interagency agreements and documents are due to be signed after the talks.”

It was not clear between who the agreements were to be signed, nor after which set of talks. The issue of “peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority” was not mentioned by Moscow.

“During his visit to Israel on November 10 the Russian premier will hold talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and meet with Israel’s President, Reuven Rivlin,” Russia’s official TASS news agency reported Friday.

“The two sides will discuss in detail some pressing issues on the bilateral agenda, including ways of further strengthening cooperation in trade, economy, investment, science, technology, innovation, and the humanitarian area,” the Russian Cabinet said. “The parties will also address some international issues of mutual interest.

“During his visit to Palestine on November 11, Medvedev will hold talks with President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, and visit the cultural and educational facilities built with Russia’s assistance,” the Russian Cabinet statement continued.

“The trip to Palestine and the upcoming contacts with its leaders will make it possible to ‘synchronize watches’ on some topical issues on the bilateral agenda, including the implementation of the agreements reached in March 2016 during the first meeting of the Russian-Palestinian intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation,” the Cabinet said. “It is also expected that Medvedev and Abbas will exchange views on the current situation in the Middle East.

“A number of bilateral intergovernmental and interagency agreements and documents are due to be signed after the talks.”

Hana Levi Julian

Headstone Unveiling Held in Jerusalem for Late Pres. Shimon Peres, z’l

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

The headstone on the grave of Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres, z’l, was unveiled Friday (Oct. 28) in a ceremony held at Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem, marking the 30th day since his passing at age 93.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin both attended the ceremony with their wives, as did members of the Peres family, friends and dignitaries.

“In the days since you left us, stories about you and your deeds have come to light,” Rivlin said in an address. “Your role in the establishment of the country has been told over and over again: from the Nuclear Research Center in Dimona, Israel Aircraft Industries, Israel Military Industries, the Entebbe Operation, the settlement enterprise, the elimination of inflation and the national economic plan, your diplomatic moves, and your faith in peace.”

Netanyahu recalled in his speech, “When I was an officer, we patrolled the country day and night. One night we got to Dimona, and they told us, ‘You can’t cross this line.’ It took me several decades before I was finally able to cross the line and go into the Dimona reactor. “Shimon Peres is the sole reason it was established,” he said. He added that he has asked that the nuclear research institute be renamed after Shimon Peres, “as is so befitting for a visionary and a man of action.”

Peres is describe on his gravestone as “one of the founding fathers of the state, which he served his entire life.”

A mini-resume is inscribed, showing the positions he held in the government, and his notable contributions to the country. He is called a “statesman, a lover of books, poetry and art, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, a visionary and a pragmatist.”

On one side of the glossy marker is a quote inscribed from Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, “The spiritual character and Israel’s inner strength will be a main factor in the future of our security and our international position.”

On another side, there is a passage from the Book of Isaiah, “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares…”

On a third side, there is an excerpt from a poem by Hebrew and Yiddish poet Haim Nachman Bialik, “For one more song he had…”

Hana Levi Julian

Pres. & First Lady Rivlin Welcome Thousands to The Sukkah

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Thousands of people flocked to Jerusalem on Wednesday to participate in the annual Open Sukkah event at the President’s Residence — some 6,000 visitors managed to gain entry to the sukkah.

This year the event was held in partnership with the Blue & White Initiative of the Economy Ministry, and the Israel Manufacturers Association. It included interactive exhibitions of Israeli inventions and manufacturing, as well as traditional fruits and produce of Israel as is customary at Sukkot as a harvest festival.

Throughout the day, the President and First Lady went out to greet the many thousands of visitors, shaking hands and speaking with them about where they had come from across the country.

The President also spoke from the main stage at the Residence — which is quite large — and where musical performances were taking place throughout the day. He wished the visitors a “Happy Sukkot” and broadened the greeting to include “all the people of Israel around the world, and all the Israeli people here.”

Rivlin added that the president’s sukkah is the Sukkah of the whole people, and that he views the president’s residence as the “house of all the people” as well.

“This house ties together all the tribes of Israel. You have come here today as every year, and you can see the wonderful produce of Israel on display; the wonderful fruits and vegetables of our land,” he said.

“But the produce we eat is not the only produce of this land here today; you have seen the tremendous ability of the manufacturing industry in the State of Israel – an industry that is renowned around the world. All the world wants to buy ‘blue and white.’

“You have come here today, we are all one tribe under the Sukkah – which is a symbol of peace. The connection to Jerusalem needs no endorsement. Everyone knows this is a most important festival in our connection to Jerusalem our capital.”

Hana Levi Julian

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