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Rivlin Honored Guest in South Korea

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15 Jul 2019
Rivlin Honored Guest in South Korea
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat on Monday when President Reuven Rivlin was received as an honored guest by South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Presidential residence in Seoul. The meeting included the signing of memorandums of understanding to advance cooperation in the fields of energy and education, with plans to increase cooperation in many other areas. "Your education system and the famous Israeli chutzpah are a model for us," Moon told Rivlin. "Israel and Korea share common democratic and economic values, and our relationship has grown stronger over the years. Israel is known as a start-up nation, with the most startups in the world, and I look forward to learning about the Israeli success story.”

"I believe that Israel and South Korea can work together to spread the blessings of technology and innovation throughout the Middle East," Rivlin said. "Let us explore the miracles we can make together.”

OECD Report Cites Israel for Low Worker Productivity
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a report recently saying, among other things, that Israel’s economic development is being held back by high income inequality and low GDP per capita growth in the labor force. The report recommended that Israel take steps to improve transportation infrastructure and educational opportunities for traditionally disadvantaged groups including the Arab and Ultra-Orthodox (haredi) Jewish communities.

Casspi Heading Back to Israel Following NBA Career
Omri Casspi announced over the weekend that he will be returning home to Israel to play for Euroleague powerhouose Maccabi Tel Aviv after a ten year career in the NBA, including a championship season with the Golden State Warriors. The 31-year old Caspi reportedly signed a three-year $3.2 million contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv and will be given a management position with the team when he retires from playing.

Turkey Takes Initial Deliveries of S-400 System
Turkey’s Defense Ministry announced on Friday that an initial shipment components for a Russian-built S-400 air defense system have arrived at the Murted Air Base near the capital, Ankara. Washington has warned its long-time NATO ally that deploying the Russian-built system puts Turkey in jeopardy of violating the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, while also putting at risk Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program.

Tourism Report Gives Israel High Marks
he Tourism Ministry released the results of its annual Inbound Tourism Survey on Sunday. The report said, among other things, that 93% of visitors to the Jewish State reported having a good to excellent” experience. The report also said that incoming tourists contributed NIS 21 billion to Israel’s economy, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Today's video is from Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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