Tel Aviv, Israel
September 2, 2018
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with his delegation, arrived at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv to embark on a historic Official Visit to the State of Israel from September 2-5, 2018.
Philippine Ambassador to Israel Nathaniel Imperial and Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz received the President upon his arrival.
In his four-day visit, President Duterte is set to meet with the Filipino community in the State and shall witness the signing of agreements in the areas of labor, science, and investment between the two nations.
Likewise, he is scheduled to visit the Open Doors Monument at the municipality of Rishon LeZion. The monument is a memorial of the open door policy by former Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon to accept and shelter the Jews who were escaping from the Holocaust in Europe in the late 1930s.
According to Ambassador Imperial, throughout the 61 years of formal diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Israel, President Duterte is the first Chief Executive to visit the State.