President Klaus Iohannis bestowed the Faithful Service Order in rank of Grand Cross upon Israel’s Ambassador Dan Ben-Eliezer (photo R) in a ceremony at the Cotroceni Palace on Thursday, upon the end of the diplomat’s term in Romania.
The ambassador declared himself honoured by this “peak of five very important and interesting years of his diplomatic career.”
“I feel attached not only to the country, but also to the Romanian people. I must tell you these years were interesting not just from the career point of view, but also from the standpoint of my roots, because my family had its origins in Iasi. So coming to Romania was to me like a voyage to the origins, back to my roots,” Dan Ben-Eliezer declared according to Agerpres.
He voiced his pride at his contribution to the excellent relations between Romania and Israel, and thanked the Romanian authorities for their support.
“I will always fondly remember the time spent here in Romania, and I will share my knowledge about Romania and feelings to it equally to the people of the State of Israel and to other countries (…) I will keep being not just an ambassador of the State of Israel to Romania, but also an ambassador of Romania to the State of Israel,” he added.
The event was attended by Aurel Vainer, the president of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania