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Russian Prime Minister Medvedev opens Israel trip with visit to Western Wall

AJN.-The visit marks 25-years of diplomatic ties between Israel and Russia. While Medvedev is here, the two countries plan to sign agreements in agriculture, customs, high-tech and construction.

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev began a three-day trip to the region with a visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City early on Thursday.

Prior to his arrival he told Channel 2, “Our country has never denied the rights of Israel or the Jewish people to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount or the Western Wall.”

Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch welcomed Medvedev to Judaism’s holiest prayer site.

The visit marks 25-years of diplomatic ties between Israel and Russia. While Medvedev is here, the two countries plan to sign agreements in agriculture, customs, high-tech and construction.

Medvedev will also meet later Thursday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Friday he is due to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Jericho.

In September, Russia proposed to host a meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu but it has not yet come to fruition.

Russian and Israeli leaders have met many times over the past two years in an effort to avoid military mishaps in Syria where Russia is involved in the fighting.

On Thursday morning, he visited President Reuven Rivlin. As the two sat in the reception room, they exchanged pleasantries and went the extra step of dropping a few words of each-other’s language.

Rivlin received concluded his effusive welcome with the word “Spasibo” which is thank you in Russian.

Medvedev, likewise, when concluding his brief remarks before the media was asked to leave so that the two could continue their discussion in relative privacy, said “Toda Raba” which also means thank you in Hebrew. Medvedev’s ten-member delegation that included Russian Embassy personnel, but excluded Russian journalists, remained in the room as did Zeev Elkin Minister for Jerusalem and Environmental Affairs who has accompanied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on trips to Russia,, senior members of Rivlin’s staff and senior representatives of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

Rivlin thanked Medvedev for the warm welcome he had been accorded when he visited Moscow this past March.

Russia always had a significant role in the region, and now, more so than ever, said Rivlin. The two countries now face important challenges and opportunities and have to be ready for both, Rivlin continued.

After 25 years of renewed diplomatic relations he said, it was imperative to discuss all issues of mutual interest.

Medvedev, who earlier on had signed the guest book in Russian, while sitting at a round, glass topped table inlaid with mother of pearl that had once belonged to 19th century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, thanked Rivlin for receiving him and his delegation and conveyed greetings from President Vladimir Putin.

He referenced the unique relationship between Russia and Israel and concurred with Rivlin about common challenges and opportunities that must be faced together.

Rivlin who likes to inject humor into most situations, told his guests that Israel had specially arranged a sunny day for them, and he hoped that when they returned to Russia they would send some rain to Israel. The Russians all laughed, and Medvedev said that he would take the request into consideration.

What could have been a diplomatic incident was avoided. One of the Russians present told The Jerusalem Post Reporter to move from her permanent seat, because that row was reserved for the Russian delegation. No other foreign delegation has ever made such a request or issued such an order. There were three place cards in the row and the reporter queried the order, but the man, though soft spoken and polite, remained insistent. When the reporter complained, a Russian speaking member of the President’s staff offered to intercede, but the reporter decided not to spoil the meeting and went to sit on the other side of the room instead.

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Jewish communities congratulates the President elect of Argentina Alberto Fernandez

AJN Agency.- The principal jewish communities congratulated Fernandez after his victory in the national elections as he got elected President.

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AJN Agency.- The Delegation of Argentinian Israelis Asociations (DAIA) congratulates the President elect Alberto Fernández for the winning in the national elections of the last sunday.

DAIA’s President wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights.

“We congratulate the President elect, Dr. Alberto Fernández. Is our wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights”, said Jorge Knoblovits in representation of the jewish community of Argentina.

Knoblovits talk with the AJN News Agency and insist on his greets to Fernández and said he hope to: «have success in his work for Argentina».

The President of AMIA (Mutual Association Israeli Argentina), Ariel Eichbaum, felicitate this tuesday the elected President Alberto Fernández for the success in the national elections while he transmited his with of «every sector» accompany the transition process.

Talking with AJN News Agency, Eichbaum transmited the predisposition of AMIA for ‘cooperating’ with programs that facilitate a «bigest social inclusion».

“From AMIA we want to congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández for the results in the election of the last sunday, in which argentian society could, in peace, expres their will and compromise with democracy and respect for the institutions”, said Eichbaum.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández por the winning in the national elections that took place on sunday.

The Embassy published on Twitter: “We congratulate the President elect @alferdez and all the argentinian people for this new celebration of democracy”.

Also the Embassy added: “We will keep working together honoring the friendship between the people of Israel and Argentina”.

The ambassador Galit Ronen also greets the candidate of «Frente de Todos», Alberto Fernández, who win the elections in the first round with over the 48 per cent of the vots, beating the still President Mauricio Macri, who seeked reelection.

“It’s always important to celebrate the democracy. ¡Congratulation to @alferdez and all the Argentinian people!”, said Ronen on Twitter.

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Argentinian President Macri visited the historical synagogue of Basavilbaso

AJN Agency.- Only a few days away of Rosh Hashana and with Iom Kipur coming soon, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina participate of the meeting at the synagogue Tefila L’Moisés at Basavilbaso, Province of Entre Ríos.

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AJN Agency.- The argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, assisted to the Synagogue Tefila L’ Moisés de Basavilbaso, one of the olders of Argentina, making himself the first argentinian president in visit that synagogue.

Macri send his best wishes for the jewish new year celebration and added: «I want to thank you for reciving me here, in your home. For us it has been very important this years working with the community».

Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights of Argentina discribed that the visit of Macri «Represents with out dudes a huge tribute to the jewish inmigration in the historic colonies of Entre Ríos and a deep recognition to the permanent support to the development of the local communities».

At meeting were present the Rabbi Sergio Bergman, secretary of goverment in Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina, Rogelio Frigerio, among others.

In a letter written by Avruj, he assured his pride for the president and remarked the pluralism and respect of Macri.

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