To mark Europe Day 2019, the European Union Delegation to Israel held an official event at the Eurovision village in Tel Aviv. At the reception, special addresses were given by the President of Israel H. E. Reuven 'Ruvi' Rivlin, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai, and EU Head of Delegation to Israel Emanuele Giaufret.
President Rivlin said, “I believe that we in the Middle East need to learn from the experience of the European Union which succeeded because it was established on the basis of economic cooperation and mutual obligation. By creating a shared economy and bringing people together through trade, the EU created a solid basis for durable peace. We all dream of peace between Israel and the Palestinians and between all the peoples of the Middle East. If we want to realize this dream, we should take a similar approach. The EU and European states can and should play a major role in a broad international effort to invest in Israeli-Palestinian economic cooperation and joint ventures. Let us build Israeli-Palestinian high-tech centers, and joint industrial parks. Let us establish joint research projects between Israeli, Palestinian and European universities, and joint funds between Israeli, Palestinian and European investors.”
Ambassador of the EU to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret: “The EU will remain an important partner for Israel as we celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations and friendship. We remain committed to peace in the region, and believe it is possible through meaningful negotiations towards a two state solution. The EU reiterates its fundamental commitment to the security of Israel"
Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo Ron Huldai: “the creation of the European Community in 1950 is a testament to the courage and determination to end the conflict that claimed the lives of tens of millions of people in wars on its lands. You proved that peace is not always made with those you love, but those you need to and in order to create a better reality for people. As Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, I am delighted that one of your celebrations made it over here from Europe. A little contest, quite tiny really, just 42 countries, is happening in Tel Aviv-Yafo this week, and you can feel that we are really in Europe. As far as I am concerned, whoever wins the Eurovision Song Contest the most important thing is that we continue to celebrate Europe Day and the growing cooperation between the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and the EU, as we have done so happily in recent years. And if we need to sing in order to do it - then let’s sing.”
Press Release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel