Le Président Rivlin et sa délégation seront très actifs durant 4 jours en France cette semaine. Rencontres avec la Communauté juive et le Crif, visite à l’Elysée, visite sur une base aérienne, rencontres au Ministère des affaires étrangères. IsraelValley assistera aux visites les plus importantes. Pour des raisons de sécurité très peu de personnes possèdent le programme détaillé officiel. Le Président israélien sera en france avec un militaire israélien de très haut rang. Il s’agit de Aluf Amikam Norkin. Il est un général israélien et actuel commandant de l’armée de l’air israélienne. Avant sa sélection pour succéder à Amir Eshel en tant que commandant de l’IAF, Norkin était à la tête de la Direction de la planification de Tsahal.
Selon le JPost (Copyrights) : « Just ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Reuven Rivlin is set to visit France on Tuesday for four days.  The trip is within the framework of a bi-national series of activities and events in France and Israel in celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary of independence.

In addition to discussing bilateral affairs and the resurgence of antisemitism in Europe with French President Emanuel Macron, Rivlin will also tour a French Air Force base, where he will be escorted by Israel Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkis.

He will later join heads of the French Jewish community and senior members of the French government in celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary.
The visit is also to honor the memory of diplomats who risked their careers and their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
Many diplomats of varying rank, serving in different countries throughout Europe were engaged in rescue work in the effort to save Jews from the Nazis. Very often, such diplomats worked against the policies of their own countries because to them, saving lives took precedence over any orders they might receive from their senior officials.
Two of these extraordinary individuals was Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who organized rescue efforts in Hungary, and Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who from his office in Lithuania issued literally thousands of life-saving transit visas to Jews who would otherwise have been murdered. »

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