Israel–Philippines relations

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Israel-Philippines relations
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The Israel–Philippines relations refers to the bilateral ties between the State of Israel and the Republic of the Philippines.

Full diplomatic relations between the two countries were realized upon the signing of the Treaty of Friendship on Feb 26, 1958. The Israeli embassy in Manila and the Filipino embassy in Tel Aviv opened in 1962.[1]

History[edit]

Giant flag of Israel

The Philippines voted in favor of UN Resolution 181 concerning the partition of Palestine and the Creation of the State of Israel in 1947. The Philippines was among the 33 countries who supported the creation of Israel and the only Asian country who voted for the resolution.[2] Israel and the Philippines established full diplomatic relationships in 1957. Embassies were opened in Tel-Aviv and Manila in 1962. In 1997, the two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) institutionalizing the bilateral political dialogue between the respective foreign ministries. The political dialog is accompanied by cooperation in trade and economy, culture, technical assistance, science, academic exchanges, tourism etc.

On November 28, 2007, the Knesset honored the thirty three countries which supported the UN Resolution 181 in celebration of 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel. The UN resolution, which marked January 27, as a yearly commemorative to honor the Holocaust's victims, was co-sponsored by the Philippines.[3] In October 2012, Vice President Jejomar Binay embarked on a five-day visit to Israel during which he met with President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.[4]

Economic relations[edit]

Trade between Israel and the Philippines continues to grow but remains insignificant compared to Israel's trade industry between Europe and the Americas. Israel remains to exports to the Philippines remains to be higher compared to the Philippine's export to Israel. Israeli exports amounts to $ 248,448,918 while Filipino exports amounts to $ 33,929,631 in 2007. Electronics is the number one export of Israel to the Philippines which is also the number one export of the Philippines to Israel.[5]

In 2004, there were 37,155–50,000 Filipino workers in Israel.[6][7]

Cultural relations[edit]

In 2007, Sister Grace Galindez-Gupana, a Philippine businesswoman and supporter of Israel, financed the installation of a giant Israeli flag to honor 50 years of friendly relations between Israel and the Philippines.[8]

The Philippine Fair is an annual event in Haifa. In July 2013, the 2-day fair opened at the Castra mall, organized by the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Municipality of Haifa. The fair features booths selling Filipino handicrafts and food, as well as a cultural program showcasing traditional Filipino music and dance. A photography exhibition, “Yesterday and Today: A Look at Philippines-Israel Relations through the Years," opened at the mall. Some of the images date to the Philippines’ “Open Door Policy" in the 1930s, when more than 1,200 European Jews fleeing the Holocaust were given a safe haven in the Philippines.[9]

Military ties[edit]

In January 2014, the Filipino military agreed to purchase 28 Israeli armored vehicles.[10]

The Philippines is known to use a variety of Israeli weapons such as Israeli firearms and artillery.

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