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Within the framework of high-level exchanges between Madrid and Jerusalem to
celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations,
Spanish Crown Prince Felipe and his wife, Princess Letizia, will visit Israel
It will be the first time that the royal couple will set foot
in Jerusalem, although the Prince’s parents, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia,
visited Israel in 1993.
The mutual exchanges began in February when
Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jiminez visited Israel and President Shimon
Peres then visited Spain.
Peres will host a state dinner for the royal
couple on Monday evening.
Earlier in the day, the royals will attend a
reception at Tel Aviv University.
When the university’s Board of
Governors convened in Madrid two months ago, TAU president Prof. Joseph
Klafter invited the prince to visit the university and meet with young
scientific researchers who will present some of their findings.
hopes that such a meeting will lead to increased scientific cooperation between
Israeli and Spanish academic institutions.
The high-level exchanges will
continue throughout the year. Among them will be a visit to Spain by Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accompanied by several cabinet ministers who will
meet in Madrid with Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and members of
his cabinet. No date has yet been set for this meeting.
father, Prof. Benzion Netanyahu, who turned 101 on March 25, is a world expert
on the golden age of the Jewish history of Spain.