More than 200 dignitaries from Croatia, Israel and a number of other countries attended a traditional reception hosted by the Embassy of Israel and the Croatian-Israeli Business Club. Among the guests were prof. dr. Mate Granić, special adviser to the president of Croatia and her envoy for the occasion, Health Minister prof. dr. Milan Kujundžić, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli, Minister of Science and Education prof.dr. Pavo Barišić, Chief of the General Staff of the Croatian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Mirko Šundov, Chairman of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (HAZU), Zvonko Kusić, HAZU Secretary-General, Pavao Rudan, ambassadors of Slovakia, the United Kingdom and Ireland, a number of parliament members, judges from the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and Administrative Court, judges from county and municipal courts, rectors and deans of Croatian universities, heads of institutes and the best Croatian students.
Members of the fire-fighting squad of the Croatian Air Force attended as special guests. The squad, which recently took part in battling wildfires in Israel, included colonel Davor Turković, major Tomislav Slavica, lieutenant Dario Rudela, sergeant Ante Kazija and corporal Ivan Tomić. One of the most prominent Israeli public figures, Mogi Giladi, who is a personal friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, flew in for the occasion. The reception was also attended by well-known Croatian athletes and coaches, Davor Šuker, Franjo Arapović, Dubravko Šimenc, Zoran Primorac, Veljko Mršić, Ćiro Blažević, Ante Čačić and many others.
Her Excellency Zina Kalay-Kleitman, Israeli ambassador, expressed her satisfaction with the big turnout and emphasized the big role the Croatian-Israeli Business Club has played in launching a number of cultural, scientific and business projects between the two countries. She thanked the Republic of Croatia and the members of its Air Force who recently joined in the effort to help localize and extinguish a big blaze in Israel.
Prof. Dragan Primorac, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club, said the Club had become an important link between the two countries, from its very beginnings and the big support it had from Israeli President Shimon Peres. He announced a globally important scientific event that will be organised in Croatia next year and will be attended by two Nobel Prize winners from Israel.
Moti Giladi: I am grateful to my friend, prof. dr. Dragan Primorac, for the fantastic results in bringing Croatia and Israel closer together. I take this opportunity to convey the thanks from the Israeli people and Prime Minister Netanyahu to Croatia after you recently helped us put out a big fire in our country. The song ‘Croatia iz duše te ljubim’, which I sang today, best describes how much we appreciate the friendship of our two countries.
The Croatian-Israeli Business Club was founded in 2010 with the aim to promote cooperation between the two countries, particularly in business. Members of the Croatian-Israeli Business Club are prominent figures from politics, business and culture in Croatia and Israel and include Israeli billionaire Itshak Tshuva, president of the American-Israeli Chamber of Commerce and the son of the Israeli president, Chemi Peres, a number of Israeli cabinet members, leading businessmen and many public figures from the State of Israel. CIBC branches are active in the United States, the United Kingdom and the South African Republic, while the CIBC advisory board comprises the leading Croatian and Israeli businessmen, as well as current and former politicians.