ROXAS City – The State of Israel acknowledged the courage and generosity of the Filipinos.
In his visit to Capiz, March 6, Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ephraim Ben Matityau said that they will always be grateful to the generosity and courage of Filipinos.
“Philippines’ vote for the United Nations Resolution was crucial for the creation of the State of Israel in 1947 under the leadership of then President Roxas and Vice President and Foreign Affairs Secretary Quirino,” said Matityau.
He admired the kind of leadership of former Presidents Manuel Quezon and Manuel Roxas in making very critical decision for the people of Israel who were accommodated in the Philippines as refugees from the Holocaust.
“President Quezon’s Open Door Policy in 1937 saved the lives of 1,300 Jewish refugees from the Holocaust,” he recalled.
Matityau laid wreath to the monument of President Manuel A. Roxas at the city plaza. He distributed books at Pres. Manuel Roxas Memorial School-South and Capiz National High School. He concluded his visit with the “Thank You Philippines” program held at Capiz gym.
Capiz Governor Antonio Del Rosario warmly welcomed to Capiz the Israeli Ambassador and the Wings of Hope Foundation led by Capt. Irene Mora.
Del Rosario said that Capiceños are happy and proud to know that until this day, Israel continues to recognize the generous act of the late President Roxas and through the years, the country has eloquently showed in many ways their gratitude and affection towards the Filipino people.
Filipinos are given the rare privilege to visit Israel without the need of a visa.
On Feb. 26, 2018, Israel and Philippines marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship that highlighted the political bilateral relations and the people-to-people relation founded on the basis of deep ties bonding the two nations. (PIA Capiz)