Friends of Zion hosts event to honor Guatemala’s new ambassador to Israel

The event was attended by high-profile Israeli, Guatemalan, Central and South American officials, including Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.

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October 25, 2018 22:23
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FOZ Founder Mike Evans, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely and Ambassador Bucaro

FOZ Founder Mike Evans, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely and Ambassador Bucaro. (photo credit: DAVID SAAD)

 
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The Friends of Zion Museum hosted newly-confirmed Guatemalan Ambassador to Israel Mario Bucaro following the official presentation of his diplomatic credentials to President Reuven Rivlin and the Israeli Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

At the event, FOZ founder Dr. Mike Evans said “Israel’s friends are a thousand times greater than her enemies, and Ambassador Bucaro, you are a true friend of Israel.”

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The event was attended by high-profile Israeli, Guatemalan and Latin American officials, including Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.

“Everyone knows the history, the Jewish connection to our capital city [Jerusalem] for 3,000 years, and you [Ambassador Bucaro] are expressing a very basic truth, but it takes a lot of bravery,” Hotovely said.

The Friends of Zion Museum is known for hosting foreign diplomats on official state visits including economic, military and diplomatic delegations.

Thursday’s event was attended by Argentinian Ambassador to Israel Mariano Caucino, Chilean Ambassador to Israel Rodrigo Fernández, Colombian Ambassador to Israel Carlos Arturo Morales López, Costa Rican Ambassador to Israel Esteban Alfonso Penrod Padilla, Ecuadorian Ambassador to Israel María Gabriela Troya Rodríguez, Honduran Ambassador to Israel Mario Edgardo Castillo Mendoza, Panamanian Ambassador to Israel Adis Arlene Urieta Vega, and many other ambassadors, consuls and diplomats.


“Guatemalan Ambassador to Israel Mario Bucaro has a long history of supporting Israel and the Jewish people. Through his faith and moral clarity, Ambassador Bucaro believes that Israel and Guatemala are natural partners, especially when it comes to advancing Israel’s relations in Central America,” FOZ said.

Guatemala has been a strong supporter of Israel in the United Nations in recent years, including voting against a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as well as the relocation of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Friends of Zion Museum has recently surpassed over 50 million friends on social media, making it one of the largest pro-Israel platforms in the world. FOZ has embarked on a $100 million-dollar project and is currently building a think tank, research center, Ambassador Institute and an online university to help educate people around the world about Israel’s history, challenges and achievements.

“The achievement of 50 million online members has come through the FOZ Museum’s ability to reach out to people all over the world and transform them into friends of Israel,” Evans said.

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