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Bilateral Relations - Brief history

Romania recognized the State of Israel and established diplomatic relations with it on the 11th of June 1948. The opening of diplomatic offices (legations), lead by ministers plenipotentiary, took place the same year. The first Israeli minister plenipotentiary to be accredited at Bucharest was the famous painter Reuben Ruvin, originary from Romania.

During the period 1948-1957, the diplomatic relations were affected by changes due, first of all, to the international context (Israel’s conflict with its Arabic neighbours, the 1956 Suez crisis), as well as the refuse of the Romanian authorities of the time to allow Romanian Hebrews to emigrate, under the conditions firmly imposed by Israel. In this context, in March 1951, Israel called back its envoy from Bucharest, gesture followed by the withdrawal of the Romanian minister plenipotentiary from Tel Aviv (June 1952). The diplomatic offices opened in the two countries continued to function under the administration of some charges d’ affairs.

Within a new international political context, characterized by the trial to relief the pressure between East and West, and as a result of a relative freedom of the emigration of Romanian Hebrews, in 1957, the two countries resumed their position by appointing some ministers plenipotentiary in executive positions of the diplomatic offices from Bucharest and Tel Aviv.

In 1957, Israel resumed its position and appointed a minister plenipotentiary in Bucharest. Subsequently, Romania sent a representative of the same rank to Tel Aviv.

During the Six Days War (June 1967) and during the immediately following period, marked by intense diplomatic tensions, Romania was the only country from the Eastern block to maintain diplomatic relations with Israel. In 1969, the level of representation was brought to the rank of embassy, as a result of these qualitative accumulations, a direct consequence of the outlining of an external own politics, separated from that of Moscow.

Romania, as other states, does not recognize the transfer of the capital to Jerusalem – according to the decisions of Knesset in 1950 and 1980, maintaining its diplomatic mission and its official representations in Tel Aviv.

The current administration of the Israeli state and government appreciates most the continuity and the special character of bilateral relations, as a whole, in 2017 celebrating 69 years of continuous diplomatic relations.

In 1991, between the ministries of foreign affairs of the two countries, a counsel mechanism, under the form of a mixed commission was created, which congregated periodically in Bucharest (1992, 1995, 2004) and in Jerusalem (1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003).

Romanian honorific consulates functions in Jerusalem, Beer Sheva and Haifa.

 

Schedule of the Embassy of Romania in the State of Israel, including the Consular Section on 15th – 16th August 2019

08/14/19

The Embassy of Romania in the State of Israel, including the Consular Section, will be closed on 15th – 16th…

Schedule of the Embassy of Romania in the State of Israel, including the Consular Section on Monday, 17th June 2019

06/11/19

The Embassy of Romania in the State of Israel, including the Consular Section, will be closed on Monday, 17th June, …

Schedule of the Embassy of Romania in the State of Israel, including the Consular Section between 26th April - 1st May 2019

04/22/19

The Embassy of Romania in the State of Israel, including the Consular Section, will be closed between 26th April -…