Kenyan President Kenyatta Welcomes PM Netanyahu at the Presidential Palace

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, today (Tuesday, 28 November 2017), at the Presidential Palace, welcomed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and invited him to sit next to him at the festive lunch in honor of the former's inauguration. Presidents, delegations and ambassadors will attend the lunch, at which Prime Minister Netanyahu will deliver greetings.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has already met on the sidelines with the presidents of Gabon, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Botswana and Namibia, as well as with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

This afternoon Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold marathon bilateral diplomatic meetings.

Photo credit: Haim Zach (GPO)

President Rivlin sends message marking 70 years since the UN Partition Plan vote

(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)

President Rivlin: “Our independence, our sovereignty in this land, was not based only on diplomats making votes- But the vote gave Israel something very special: a place among the nations.”

“The UN has an important role in helping us find a peaceful solution to the conflicts of our region. It must continue to work for friendship between nations, not through boycotts, or one-sided moves, but through dialogue.”

President Reuven Rivlin published a video today (Tuesday), marking 70 years since the United Nations vote on Resolution 181 passed on 29 November 1947 – known as the “Partition Plan” – which affirmed international support for the creation of the a Jewish nation state in the Land of Israel.

The video was sent especially to an event commemorating the historic vote, hosted by the Israeli delegation to the United Nations in New York, with the attendance of US Vice President Michael Pence, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, and President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder.

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PM Netanyahu meets with Rwandan President Kagame and informs him that Israel will open an Embassy in Kigali

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Prime Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, 28 November 2017), in Nairobi, met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame and informed him that Israel will be opening an embassy in Kigali.

Prime Minister Netanyahu: "We are opening a new embassy in the Rwandan capital Kigali as part of Israel's expanding presence in Africa and the deepening of cooperation between Israel and the countries of Africa."

Also discussed at the meeting was the possibility of opening a direct air link between the two countries.

Photo credit: Haim Zach (GPO)

PM Netanyahu's Remarks Upon Leaving for Nairobi

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Tuesday, 28 November 2017), made the following remarks upon leaving for Nairobi:

"I am now leaving for my third visit to Africa within a year-and-a-half. I will meet there with newly re-elected Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and with 10 African leaders as well. Our intention is to deepen ties with Africa also by forging links with countries that we do not have diplomatic relations with. Legations from four African countries have opened in Israel in the past two years and I hope that by the end of the day I will be able to announce the opening of a new Israeli embassy in an African country, and the hand is still extended."

Prime Minister Netanyahu will attend, and address, an official lunch hosted by Kenyan President Kenyatta on the occasion of his inauguration. Also attending the lunch will be the presidents of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Rwanda, Togo, Botswana and Namibia, as well as the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and other leaders.

28/29. November 2017 – New York: 70 Years UN-vote – a kairos-moment, to come before the Lord to pray for the nations and Israel!

From Harald Eckert

70 years ago, on November 29, 1947, in a moment of rare soberness and unity, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted with a two-third vote for the re-establishment of the modern state of Israel. However, despite the hopeful beginning, the UN became a place of loneliness, manipulation and even blank hatred for Israel in the following decades, under the growing influence of the largest block of the UN, the Moslem block. The words of Psalm 2 came to life: “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain…”  (Verse 1).

But the Lord has kept his hand over Israel and although being surrounded by enemies, both in the Middle East and in the UN, Israel has blossomed and grown under the favor and blessing of God Almighty.

Soon the historic vote of 1947 will be commemorated for the 70th time within the UN and around the world. This is a prophetic kairos-moment, a unique moment for intercessors who love Israel and who carry a loving concern for their own nation, to come together in New York and pray for Israel as well as for the nation they are a part of.

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President Rivlin to make State Visit to Spain

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President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin will make a State Visit to Spain next week from November 5th to  November 8th. The President will be accompanied by a business delegation of leading Israeli companies and trade figures, and an academic delegation including leading figures and Nobel Prize laureates.

The following is a schedule of their visit:

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PM Netanyahu Addresses Festive Lunch on the Occasion of the Inauguration of Kenyan President Kenyatta

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Following is an excerpt from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks today (Tuesday, 28 November 2017), on the occasion of the inauguration of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta:

"We would like to work with you and with every one of your countries to electrify Africa. We believe in Africa. So for every, every one of your initiatives, there will be an initiative on our part to seize the future, to make life better and safer for your people. It's good for you, it's good for us, it's good for Africa. Now there is a challenge. The challenge that we face is also security. There is a savage disease. It rampages so many countries. Boko-Haram, A-Shabab, the awful Jihadists in the Sinai. This is a threat to all of us, and I believe that we can cooperate with other countries between us and with others. And if we work together we will defeat the barbarians. Our people deserve better, we can provide it for them.

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President Rivlin marks 40 years since visit of Sadat with Ambassador of Egypt

(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)

President Rivlin: “Egypt is an extremely important ally. Our connection is more important than words can say, and it can never be taken for granted. We have found a way to live together in peace and friendship. This is a message to the whole region, and the whole world.”

Ambassador of Egypt: “Egypt is adamant to seize the golden opportunity to reviving peace talks to achieve a credible and comprehensive peace agreement.”

Yesterday, (Wednesday morning) President Reuven Rivlin hosted at his residence in Jerusalem, a special reception marking 40 years since the historic visit to Israel by the then President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Anwar Sadat. The ceremony also included addresses by Ambassador of Egypt, Hazem Khairat; Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yuval Rotem; and former Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Justice (Ret.) Eliyakim Rubenstien, who had served at the time as an aide to Moshe Dayan, and was part of the Israeli negotiations team. The event was attended by senior Israeli figures, Ambassadors and diplomats representing countries from around the world.

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Knesset Media Advisory

History at the Knesset: For the first time ever, the Knesset will host eight African heads of parliament, for a special conference. The guests hail from Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda, the Seychelles, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. This is the first-ever conference for heads of parliament at the Knesset. 

The conference will take place on Tuesday, 5 December 2017

President Rivlin opens State Visit to Spain with official welcome ceremony at the Royal Palace

(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)

President Reuven Rivlin and First Lady Nechama Rivlin officially began their State Visit to Spain this morning, welcomed by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain with an official welcoming ceremony at the Royal Palace in Madrid. Following a gun salute, the King and the President together reviewed a military guard of honor, and stood together with the Queen and First Lady for the national anthems of both countries.

President and First Lady Rivlin’s State Visit to Spain, at the invitation of the King, marked 30 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Spain, and celebrated 100 years since the reestablishment of the Jewish community in Spain after the Expulsion of 1492. This is the first State Visit of an Israeli President to Spain for a quarter of a century, when then President Chaim Herzog visited for the symbolic and historic signing of the cancellation of the expulsion order of Jews from Spain.

PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Thursday, 16 March 2017), at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, made the following remarks:

"This afternoon I will meet again with President Trump's envoy, Jason Greenblatt. We are in the midst of a process of dialogue with the White House and our intention is to reach an agreed-upon policy regarding settlement construction. Agreed-upon for us, of course, not just for the American side. Naturally, this will be good for the State of Israel since we have not been in these processes for many years. To the residents of Amona, I reiterate: I gave you a promise to build a new community and I will honor that commitment.

On Sunday I am going to China together with five ministers. The visit is at the invitation of the Chinese President and it marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between China and Israel. I will meet with the Chinese President and Prime Minister and, of course, the ministers will meet with their counterparts. I will also meet with the heads of the biggest corporations in China and today, when we say the biggest corporations in China, we sometimes say the biggest corporations in the world, or which are quickly becoming the biggest in the world. We will continue the talks on establishing a free trade agreement between China and Israel and we will hold the third joint Israel-China innovation conference. Of course we are continuing to develop new markets and to open new markets for the Israeli economy. I expect all ministers to cooperate on this, and they are doing so.

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