New Israeli Ambassador to Speak in San Miguel

By George Kalmar

Could there be more unlikely allies than Mexico and Israel? Thousands of miles from the Middle East, Mexico is almost a hundred times bigger than Israel, and on the surface the two countries share nothing in common, not language, religion, or any part of their cultures.

By Jonathan Peled, Israeli Ambassador to Mexico
Fri, Mar 11, 4pm
Bellas Artes
Tickets at the door
For reservations call 415 185 9191

And yet, in the eyes of Israelis and perhaps Jews in general, Mexico stands apart, with just very few other countries, as historically a friend of Israel and its people. Although Mexico abstained from voting for the original partition of Palestine, it recognized the new State of Israel a few months later, and today the two nations celebrate 64 years of cordial diplomatic relations. Commercial trade has been growing since the Free Trade agreement between the two countries in 2000.

As Mexico becomes a greater player in global trade, especially in the Pacific region, its positive relations with other nations become more important and more profitable. Israel is a known exporter of high technology products and to some extent modern military equipment and training. It is no wonder then that the State of Israel has appointed a seasoned diplomat to upgrade and expand the relationship.

Jonathan Peled was appointed the new Israeli Ambassador to Mexico in 2015. He was Director of the Economics Department for the North America, Latin America, and Africa foreign ministry. He was earlier Israel’s Ambassador to El Salvador. Between 2008 and 2011, he was the spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC. Ambassador Peled has held diplomatic posts in Turkey and Argentina, as well as the post of Diplomatic Advisor for President of the Knesset (parliament) in Jerusalem. Before his first mission in Turkey, he served as political assistant to then Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, participating in negotiations following the Oslo Accords peace. He accompanied now President Peres on his important visit to Mexico in 2013.

Ambassador Peled is a “Sabra” born in Jerusalem in 1961 and grew up on Kibbutz Neot Mordechai, in the Upper Galilee. He has a degree from the University of Tel Aviv in political science and economics. He served seven years in the Israeli Air Force.

Mr. Peled speaks perfect Spanish and English in addition to his native Hebrew. He has a keen interest in Hispanic literature and culture having served Israeli diplomatic interests in Central and South America for over 10 years.

He will speak on a number of important topics at the Bellas Artes auditorium at 4pm on March 11. Tickets can be obtained by calling JC3 at 415 185 9191 or by coming to JC3 located at Las Moras 47 at the corner of 5 de Mayo.


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