Croatia–Israel relations

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Croatia–Israel relations
Map indicating locations of Croatia and Israel

Croatia

Israel

Croatia–Israel relations refers to the bilateral relationship between Croatia and Israel. Diplomatic relations were established on April 9, 1997. Croatia has an embassy in Tel Aviv and 4 honorary consulates (in Ashdod, Caesarea, Jerusalem and Kfar Shmaryahu). Israel has an embassy in Zagreb.[1]

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In August 1997, Israel and Croatia published a joint statement of their intention to establish diplomatic relations after several months of negotiations. Secret talks between the Foreign Ministry Director General, Eitan Bentsur, and the head of the office of President Tudjman, Hrvoje Šarinić, were held in Budapest.

1st President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman stated that he hoped to visit Israel to apologize for crimes committed by some of its people during the Holocaust crimes but regardless his noble intentions he never did because of his sudden death in 1999.[2]

On 15 February 2012 3rd President of Croatia Ivo Josipović apologized for all crimes that were committed during World War II within the Independent State of Croatia, a fascist puppet state ruled by the Ustaše regime.[3] President Josipović said: "I stand before the Parliament of the State of Israel, and more importantly, I stand before the Croatian children, and without ambiguity, I apologize. Holocaust survivors and all the other victims I beg for your forgiveness."

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