15 December 2018 - 7 Tevet 5779 - ז' טבת ה' אלפים תשע"ט

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, together with his wife Nechama Rivlin, made an official visit to India from 14 to 21 November. The President was also accompanied by a highlevel delegation of government officials, business leaders and academics from Israel.

Rivlin is the first Israeli president to travel to India since 1996. In October 2015, Pranab Mukherjee became the first Indian head of state to visit Israel.

India’s current Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected travel to Israel next year, as the first Indian prime minister to do so. India and Israel are gearing up to mark 2017 as the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries, which began on 29 January, 1991.

Accompanying the delegation, Yaffa Zilbershats, head of the Council for Higher Education’s budget committee, said: “The issue of international cooperation in higher education and the expansion of academic ties between Israel and the world – in particular with India – is one of the central aims of the multi-year plan for higher education in Israel.” He added: “The academic delegation accompanying the President on his visit to India includes 13 presidents and senior representatives of Israeli academic institutions, who are expected to sign 15 separate agreements between Israeli and Indian educational institutions.”

Heading the business delegation, Shraga Brosh, President of Manufacturers Association of Israel, noted that “India represents a great challenge for Israeli manufacturers and this delegation will afford the opportunity to strengthen cooperation and partnership with their Indian counterparts. I have no doubt that this will be a fruitful visit and forge long-lasting economic partnerships which will strengthen and help grow the bilateral trade between the countries.”

At the beginning of his official state visit, President Rivlin was warmly welcomed by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at the Presidential Residence in New Delhi. “I am very honoured and pleased to be the guest of PresidentMukherjee. He visited us a year ago and we are very privileged and honoured to be today here in your great country, in India. Thank you so very much for welcoming me Mr President,” Rivlin said.

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Philippine President visits Manila Synagogue E-mail

A historic visit by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the Beth Yaacov Synagogue in Makati City on 4 October carried the blessings of the New Year’s holiday, which symbolises soul searching, forgiveness and atonement.

President Duterte visited the synagogue to apologise personally to the Jewish world for statements he had made connecting the Jewish Holocaust and his war on drugs.

The President made it clear that he had not meant any disrespect to the Jewish people. Referring to his personal life, he commented that his wife Elizabeth Zimmerman is actually a daughter of a Jewish father who found the Philippines as a shelter and home.

President Duterte expressed his respect and affinity to the Jewish people and Israel, paying homage to Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and his desire to strengthen ties with Israel.

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Israeli PM to visit Singapore soon Print E-mail

According to a report by the Jerusalem Post, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Singapore within the next three months. The Israeli newspaper reported that Mr Netanyahu had announced his plans to visit Singapore and three other countries: Australia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

Netanyahu’s planned trip, would make him the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit Singapore. His visit is to reciprocate for a visit earlier this year by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Jerusalem on 19 April. This was the first-ever visit to Israel by a prime minister of Singapore since Singapore was founded 51 years ago, and since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1969.

The Israeli Prime Minister did not give the exact dates of his trip, the report added.

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Israel hosts representatives from China’s National Development and Reform Commission E-mail

In November, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with representatives from China’s National Development and Reform Commission, a macroeconomic management agency with broad administrative and planning control over the Chinese economy, to discuss ways to promote the trade between the two countries.

The meeting was part of the schedule of a three-day summit that saw upward of 200 Chinese officials and businessmen arrive in Israel for strategic dialogue with local businesses, entrepreneurs and officials.

The Chinese delegation is working on a programme optimising the ties in a number of key areas. Those include establishing a climate that’s conducive to business transactions between the two states, including assisting Israeli imports, launching more direct flights between the countries, encouraging contacts between businessmen and academics on both sides and, most importantly, signing a free trade agreement.

Israel has been seeking to establish a free trade zone with China for the last few years. During a July 2013 visit to China by then-Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, Beijing agreed to conduct a special survey to assess the potential of a free trade zone.

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Israel marks first “Aliyah Day” E-mail

With over 40% of Israelis having been born outside of the country, the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption marked its first-ever “Aliyah Day” on 8 November to celebrate the contributions immigrants have made to building Israeli society.

About 40% of Israel’s population of around eight million citizens were born outside of the country. Over three million people have immigrated to the Jewish state since its inception in 1948, coming from every corner of the globe, ranging from the US to Mozambique.

According to Ministry of Immigrant Absorption figures, two million Jews have immigrated to Israel since 1972. The country with the most Jews making aliyah was the former USSR, with 700,000 people moving to Israel in the 1970s and 1990s. The US follows with 117,000 – a trend that has picked up in the last few decades.

The Ministry of Immigrant Absorption’s director-general, Alex Kushner, said that the numbers of people making aliyah from North America have remained stable, at about 3,000 people a year.

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