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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to Jerusalem on 19 April. Prime Minister Lee, accompanied by his wife and heading a 60-person delegation, was on an official visit.

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.

Prime Minister Lee was accompanied by Foreign Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan and Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad. After the welcoming ceremony, the two prime ministers met privately and then held an expanded meeting with National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources Minister Dr Yuval Steinitz and the invited ministers. The two leaders discussed increasing bilateral cooperation in cyber, security and economic matters, and increasing trade.

In his opening address Prime Minister Netanyahu noted the visit was a historic occassion. “I’m honoured to be the first Israeli prime minister to welcome a prime minister of Singapore to our country. I think your arrival here reflects a coming of age in the relations between our two countries. There is a deep friendship between Israel and Singapore. We have so much in common. We are small nations that leave a very large imprint on the world scene,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Lee responded and thanked the Prime Minister Netanyahu for the warm welcome. “We have a long and deep relationship between Singapore and Israel. Our business-to-business ties are strong. Israel is the second-largest contributor of foreign direct investments in Singapore from the Middle East, and we admire your technical prowess and ecosystem.”

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Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong looking to increase bilateral co-operation with Israel E-mail

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong was in Israel on 2930 March to present a proposal to deepen China-Israel innovation co-operation.

She presented a four-point proposal while addressing the second meeting of the China-Israel Joint Committee on Innovation Cooperation in Jerusalem. The meeting was co-chaired by Liu and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In her speech, Liu said that initial achievements have been made in bilateral pragmatic cooperation in such areas as science and technology, education, culture and health, since the joint committee successfully held its first meeting in January last year in Beijing. China has made innovation-driven development a national strategy, and this perception is shared by Israel, which is known for innovation, Liu said, adding that the two countries have great potential in deepening innovation co-operation.

Liu suggested that the two countries increase the complementarity of their innovation strategies and facilitate the incorporation of Israel’s experience as a “startup nation” and its technologies into China’s strategy of pursuing innovationbased growth.

Liu said that China will step up the protection of intellectual property rights, encourage local governments and enterprises to strengthen exchanges with their Israeli counterparts, and establish a fairer, more regulated and more predictable environment for development.

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Nobel Prize laureates visit North Korea Print E-mail

Israeli Professor Aaron Ciechanover was one of three Nobel Prize winners who visited North Korea recently in an effort by the International Peace Foundation to promote “silent diplomacy”. The trip started on 29 April and ended on 6 May.

The Nobel laureates delivered speeches and held seminars at some of the North’s top schools.

“The events will not engage in rhetoric by making political statements,” according to the foundation. The goal was rather to foster engagement with North Koreans “to establish a dialogue which could contribute to a wider understanding beyond politics and power play,” said Chairman Uwe Morawetz, according to the Times of Israel.

(Issue May 2016)


Shimon Peres sends special greetings to Queen Elizabeth II E-mail

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres sent Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II a happy birthday video message telling her that “life begins at 90”.

The Queen’s 90th birthday took place on 21 April, although the official celebrations in the UK will be held in June. In September, Queen Elizabeth II became the country’s longest reigning monarch, after ascending to the throne at the age of 25.

Peres, who is 93, told the Queen in his message: “From my own experience I can tell you that in my judgmentlife begins at the age of 90, and they go up better and better. It is really a blessing not just a wish, a blessing to you, to us, that you will continue to guide, to inspire, to offer a smile, to the young and the old and make our lives different, despite all the problems and wars we went through. You are a great leader for the free world; you are a great hope for the coming generations. God bless you.”

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Zuckerberg pays US$700 for rights to domain name Print E-mail

Zuckerberg’s daughter is named Maxime Chan Zuckerberg, and Augustine reportedly acquired the domain name soon after the child was named, reports ScoopWhoop.

Augustine, a student at KMEA college in Kochi, India, apparently makes a habit of picking up domain names that he thinks will be relevant in the future. When GoDaddy sent Augustine an email asking him whether he was willing to sell the domain, he agreed and asked for US$700.

Only later did he realise that the domain name was being purchased by ICONIQ capital, which manages Mark Zuckerberg’s assets.

(Issue May 2016)

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