(Communicated by the Government Press Office)

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi will arrive this evening (Sunday, 8 July 2007) in Israel on an official visit.  He will be welcomed at Ben-Gurion International Airport by Health Minister Yaacov Ben Yizri. 

During his visit, Mr. Prodi he will meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Likud Chairman MK Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and President-Elect Shimon Peres.

Prime Minister Prodi is scheduled to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. He will also plant a tree in the Jerusalem Forest Grove of Nations and lay a wreath at late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s grave.