“This year we celebrate sixty five years of Independence of the State of Israel, a country built through passion and a sense of destiny; a country that was transformed from a barren land into a highly technological society.Israel’s history is a tale of resilience, perseverance and prosperity. The essence of the existence of Israel is the fulfillment of the Jewish people’s dream of being masters of their own fate in their own state. The establishment of the State of Israel restored sovereignty to a people who had been stateless for more than 2000 years. Despite centuries of hardship, the Jewish people maintained their identity, traditions and hope of returning to their homeland, with Jerusalem at its heart; Jerusalem, which is our ancient capital and cradle of the world’s three main religions. Today Israel is a vibrant democratic state in the Middle East. As a refuge for the diaspora, welcoming immigrants from every corner of the world, Israel has a dynamic society that is constantly renewed. Through the talent and hard work of our people, Israel has become a center for innovation, for its concentration of start-up companies and research centers. In fact, Israel’s innovation has reached critical mass in many areas, from software and semiconductors, to telecommunications, medical devices, water treatment, agriculture and homeland security. Many multinational companies have recognized its great value and decided to set up R&D centers in Israel. That is why Israel is described as a start-up nation. Sixty five years ago, Romania was among the first countries to recognize the State of Israel. Our relations are founded on common interests and values that continue to guide our efforts to promote a deeper cooperation in all fields: political, economic, scientific, technological, cultural, academic and more.
The high-level political and strategic dialogue between our two countries culminated in November 2011 with the first Government to Government meeting, when several important agreements were signed; and we expect the second inter-governmental meeting to be held in Romania in due course. Last year Israel was Romania’s number one trade partner in the Middle East. There is a significant presence of Israeli companies in Romania, with more than 3 billion dollars’ worth of investments. Just recently, two worldwide known Israeli companies have opened R&D centers in Bucharest, while another leading Israeli company merged with a Romanian company in order to expand its activity in the logistics field. Another highlight in our two country’s strong cooperation this year was in the academic field with the establishment of Centers for Israeli Studies at National Universities in Bucharest. As for the cultural field, Israel and Romania have an outstanding cooperation, which is manifested in all disciplines. Therefore, looking forward, I believe there is still enormous potential for further deepening the collaboration between our two countries.
On this occasion, I take the opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the Government of Romania for its continuous support to the Embassy and to the Jewish and Israeli communities in Romania over the last six decades. I would also like to commend the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania for its efforts in preserving the Jewish heritage and its support to Israel.Let’s hope that Israel will enjoy a future of prosperity and peace. Let’s hope that Israel, the start-up nation, will contribute to the Middle East becoming a start-up region.”