“We are interested in being a peaceful and prosperous Middle East. We shall do our best to help the region get rid of poverty, to reach modernization. I think that we have common opinions on this subject too,’ said Israel’s President.
President of Israel Shimon Peres received yesterday, at the Beit Hanasi presidential residence, President Traian Basescu, whom he congratulated for the improvement of Romania’s economic situation, Agerpres reports. ‘Europe is through a transition. The new Romania is a united Romania, not only in a better situation, but also in a better future. I am congratulating you for the improvement of the economic situation, for the important place Romania holds in the EU and NATO,’ said Peres, quoted by Agerpres. He said that Israel had been in full swing of some peace negotiations, which had not yet come to an end. ‘It is a peace that is not easy to get. There are here special interests and somehow this land is holy for a few peoples, but there is also the other side,’ said the Israeli official. At the same time, Peres added that the Arab world was undergoing changes: ‘All past wars made victims and solved problems. Terrorism has replaced wars. He who thinks that one can get something through terrorism is mistaken. Terrorism has no outlook, no aspiration and most countries in the Middle East are at civil war instead of solving problems. I think that everybody is sad at heart to see bloodshed in Syria, but, frankly speaking, it is in their hands’. According to the President of Israel, Basescu’s visit was an occasion to strengthen the relations between Romania and Israel.
Basescu too spoke about the consolidation of the relations between Romania and Israel and added that there were fields of ‘excellent cooperation’ between the two countries, such as the field of military technique, in the antiterrorist fight, in combating cross-border crimes.
“I must say it, the more than 6,200 Israeli companies are investments made by Israeli businessmen in the development of Romania. In the medical field a large number of clinics were opened by Israeli citizens in Romania and offer the best medical care in the private sector,’ said the Romanian President.
On the other hand, the Romanian president insisted that the visit was paid at an important time when Israel and the Palestinians were trying to ‘find the peace formula.’ ‘We are supporters of John Kerry’s initiative and feel confident that Israel will do its best to ensure peace to its people and the region. I think there is no more important thing for a politician than, at a certain time, he should tell his people: <<I have brought peace to you>>,’ added Basescu. He described Israel as ‘a friendly country,’ which he regards as ‘a pillar of stability’ in the Middle East. ‘The 65-year long uninterrupted diplomatic relations with the State of Israel are also an element we take pride in. In 1967 all former communist countries severed diplomatic relations with Israel. Romania did not do it, believing that Israel is a friendly country, a country from which we have something to learn and a country that has something to learn from us, a country we regard as a pillar of stability in the Middle East and, why not, a country that has demonstrated, as you said, that a garden could be made in the Middle East, in the sands of the desert in the region,’ also said the president.
‘I am telling you a thing which seems to lack importance, but I have very many witnesses. Near my home in Bucharest there is a restaurant where one can dine on weekends and where I go often as I know that on Saturday evenings I meet groups of Israelis visiting Romania. (…) It is impressive that not only former Romanian citizens who are now Israeli citizens come, but also their children, and I find that they speak Romanian, that they know very many things about the places where their parents were born. It is very impressive to me,’ Basescu said. The president underscored that the two countries were connected in the first place by the wide number of Romanian Jews, ‘who left their origin country to contribute to the construction and development of Israel’: “We are proud of this and, mostly, we are proud that the Jews who left Romania are highly appreciated here, in Israel”.
‘We still have one or two politicians who are not admitting the Holocaust’
In his speech, Basescu said that Romania still has, among its politicians, some who are ‘tempted’ not to admit the Holocaust. ‘Since I saw that the Israeli media took over the statements of a politician who apologized, I want to assure you that we have no anti-Semite feelings in Romania. Unfortunately, there are still people in our country who didn’t have a chance to learn in school the true history of their country,’ stated the head of the state. Traian Basescu said that, based on a decision of his predecessor, Ion Iliescu, in Romania there was created a Commission for the Study of the Holocaust. The Romanian President underscored that there exist no institutions in Romania that tolerate discrimination or that do not recognize the historical realities of the 1940s.
The Romanian President on Monday visited Yad Vashem Memorial Museum of the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes, where he also attended the ceremony of lighting The Eternal Flame and laid a wreath at Yad Vashem Memorial of the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes. Basescu said there that that Yad Vashem Memorial Museum of the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes, Yad Vashem Museum based in Washington and the Holocaust Monument in Bucharest are ‘symbols of what humankind should never do, starting from discrimination’. “I think Yad Vashem here in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem Museum in Washington, the Holocaust Monument in Bucharest are symbols of what humankind should never do, starting from discrimination. They are symbols that show us where things can end up when people hate other people, when irresponsible politicians try to get to power by stimulating what is worst in man – his capability to hate his fellows”, the Romanian president said after visiting Yad Vashem Museum, where he signed the book of honour. He stressed the Romanian community also contributed to this museum. ‘I will always return here with reverence, with respect and I am glad that a Romanian community has made important contributions to providing the furniture and specific exhibits. They were donated from various synagogues from Barlad, Radauti and Bucharest and from other parts (of Romania) and they complete the image of what a house of worship, a synagogue is, a place where the faithful find peace and alleviate their soul’, Basescu said.