The 63rd anniversary of the Independence of the State of Israel was marked in Bucharest by a reception at the Athenaeum, on May11, attended by numerous personalities, including the Minister of Culture Kelemen Hunor.
Address by Ambassador of Israel at the Independence Day:
“As we mark the 63 years of Independence of the State of Israel, we celebrate this living dream which is the rebirth of the Jewish people in its homeland. We celebrate Israel’s democratic values, creativity and achievements in sciences and arts, medicine, agriculture and education. We celebrate our success in absorbing millions of immigrants and refugees to our land, our cultural richness and diversity, our pluralistic and modern society of nearly eight million people.
Israel enjoys longstanding friendly relations with Romania since its establishment. Romania is an important partner of Israel in Central Europe. We share the same values and strategies.
The closeness of ties between our two governments and parliaments is manifested by mutual visits of high-ranking officials and dignitaries most notably the visits of President Traian Basescu and President Shimon Peres, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Avigdor Lieberman and Mr. Teodor Baconschi.
The special bond between Romania and Israel is remarkably present in the cultural domain. Last year we renewed our bilateral agreement on Culture, Education and Scientific cooperation.
Each year leading Israeli and Romanian artists take part in diverse cultural events in both countries, in disciplines such as: theatre, cinema, music, literature, plastic arts and more. For example, prestigious Israeli theatre companies such as Habima and Cameri performed on Romanian stages. And, this year we continue a long tradition of being present at Sibiu International Theatre Festival. Israeli cinema has been present in many important festivals like: TIFF, European Film Festival, Next, Timishort, Best Film Festival and has won awards. Leading dancing companies have also performed in various festivals, Israeli writers have been translated into Romanian, and this fall, the prestigious George Enescu Festival will host concerts of internationally acclaimed orchestras like the Israeli Philarmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta.
In the economic sector, today, more than 6000 companies with Israeli capital are registered in Romania, with approximately 130 new companies registered in 2010.
The hi-tech sector in Israel is very highly developed. Our products are in the forefront of scientific advancement. Israeli innovations are to be found in many countries including Romania. We are continuing to promote the collaboration between our two countries in the fields of ICT, agro and water technologies, biotechnology, clean tech, homeland security and more.
Another area of interest with big potential for both our countries is tourism. Last year more than 100.000 Israelis visited Romania and 40.000 Romanians visited Israel. Recently, our two Ministers have agreed to promote Israel and Romania on each other tourism market as well as to boost bilateral investments in this sector.
Your Excellency, Minister Kelemen Hunor, I look forward to broadening the potential in the existing relations between our two countries and furthermore to explore new venues of cooperation.
Last but least I would like to salute my brothers and sisters, the active Romanian Jewish Community for its contribution to the existing of strong ties between our countries.”