Rivlin claims: Israel seeks peace but we cannot compromise on security
Friday 17/May/2019 - 10:19 AM
new Ethiopian ambassador and Rivlin
Ambassadors from Ethiopia، Finland، Peru، Greece and Nicaragua presented their credentials on Thursday to President Reuven Rivlin at an official ceremony at the Presidential Residence as they take up their posts in Israel.
As each ambassador arrived، their national anthem was played by the Israel Police Band، their national flag was raised and they reviewed an honor guard of IDF soldiers. After presenting their letters of credence to the president and an audience with him، they signed the visitors’ book and Hatikva was played.
The president welcomed Ambassador Reta Alemu Nega of Ethiopia، accompanied by his mother، who was the first to present his credentials. The president sent his warm wishes to the President of Ethiopia who he met on his state visit to the country a year ago. “The Ethiopian-Jewish community in Israel is a living bridge between our countries and cultures. From personal experience، I can say that the avocados you grow can become an important export.” The president said that in the fields of business، agriculture and security، the two countries already worked closely together and that he hoped to work closely with the ambassador.
The Ethiopian ambassador thanked the president for his warm welcome، saying، “I bring the greetings of the President of Ethiopia، and of the Prime Minister، who hopes to visit here soon. Your visit left very warm memories. Visits of this kind are milestones in our relations، and we are ready to strengthen the excellent bilateral ties into a strategic partnership.”
Next، Ambassador Kirsikka Lehto-Asikainen of Finland presented her credentials to the president. “We are both small countries who play a big role in the fields of technology and innovation،” he said. “We are developing closer relations in the field of security and I hope that we will be able to deepen them even further.”
“As Finland takes up the presidency of the European Union in July، your leadership is even more important. Close EU-Israel relations are in the interests of us all. Israel seeks peace with its neighbors، but the rockets fired on us just last week from Gaza show we cannot compromise on the security of our civilians.”
Speaking about resolutions passed by UNESCO regarding the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount، he said، “Let’s leave history to the historians، not to politicians who ignore the Jewish people’s historic connection to Jerusalem. Finland showed great moral courage in protecting its Jewish community and refugees during World War II، despite the risks. Unfortunately، we see a resurgence of anti-Semitism across Europe today. It is a threat not only for Jewish people، but for humanity as a whole، our values and morality.”
The Ambassador of Finland presented her letters of credence and said، “thank you for your important words of welcome. It is a great honor that Israel is my first posting as ambassador. Our countries have common interests in the fields of innovation، high-tech and entrepreneurship. We share your concern about rising anti-Semitism in Europe. Finland has a long-term commitment to the stability of the region and will continue to play a role in UN peace-keeping missions. I am delighted to be here this week when Israel is a real part of Europe، and wish everyone a successful and enjoyable Eurovision Song Contest.”
Following this the incoming Peruvian Ambassador، Carlos Daniel Chavez-Taffur Schmidt، presented his credentials. The president sent his wishes to those celebrating Yom Haatzmaut، Israel’s Independence Day، in Lima on Thursday evening، and said، “We would be delighted to develop the relations between our countries in the fields of water، agriculture and innovation. We have much to learn from each other. When I visited your country، I found such natural beauty and rich culture، including at Machu Picchu.”