| Fifty Years of Israeli-Romanian Relations|
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
Israel and Romania today marked 50 years of continuous diplomatic relations between the two countries. A ceremony was held to mark this occasion, with the participation of Foreign Ministry Director-General Eytan Bentsur, the Romanian Ambassador to Israel, and former Israeli ambassadors to Romania. Romania was the only country in the Communist bloc which never severed its relations with Israel.
There are 450,000 Romanian Jews living in Israel today, who serve as a bridge between the two countries. Bilateral trade between the countries is valued at $300 million. Israel and Romania also cooperate in the areas of industry and defense.
Director-General Bentsur and the Romanian Ambassador to Israel.
Director-General Bentsur and Romanian Ambassador to Israel with former Israeli ambassadors to Romania.