On June 10th, 2013, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, and his wife, Mrs. María Clemencia Rodríguez Múnera, the first lady of Colombia, made a ceremonial visit to Mount Herzl as part of his official trip to Israel. President Santos visited the grave of Theodor Herzl, founder of the Zionist movement, and was briefed by members of the World Zionist Organization about Herzl’s significance to the Jewish state. The President was also greeted by over 80 young Israeli students from schools within Jerusalem, who were waving both Israeli and Colombian flags. President Santos was accompanied by a delegation from the World Zionist Organization, including: Mr. Avraham Duvdevabi (Duvdev), Chairman of the World Zionist Organization, Mr. Yaakov Gispan, Head of WZO Legislative Institutional Office , and Mr. Eitan Ori-Behar, the Director of the Center for Diaspora Communications and Countering Antisemitism. Israel and Colombia share a robust relationship and are strong allies. The Colombian president is on a multi-day tour of Israel, and will be visiting several other sites around the country.
Written by: Daniel Cooke