by Miceál O’Hurley
DUBLIN — In a wide-ranging interviewing covering matters from bilateral relations with Ireland to the Oslo Accords, the Covid-19 pandemic and access to vaccines, to the Abraham Accords, Trade, Commerce, Education and Cultural exchanges to the JCPOA, His Excellency Mr. Ophir Kariv was our guest on the latest episode of ‘In Conversation This Week with Diplomat Ireland’.
Ambassador Ophir Kariv presented to the President of Ireland, Mr. Michael D. Higgins, the Letters accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Israel to Ireland on 16 October 2018. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to Ireland, he served as Director of the Northern Europe Department in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Kariv joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994. He has served
as Director of the Department for Israeli Consulates in the USA and has also held roles in the Public Diplomacy Division and in the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Kariv has served as Deputy Head of Mission in Israel’s embassies in Bulgaria, Thailand and Denmark.
Ambassador Kariv has a B.A. in International Relations from the Hebrew University and an MBA from Haifa University. He was born in Haifa (Israel) and is married with three children.
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As capital of the world’s great monotheistic religions, Jerusalem and the land of Israel is a favourite tourist destination and historic centre for travelers from across the world. You can visit the Wailing Wall, the Temple Mount, visit with Bedouin, follow the Franciscan Friars on the via della rosa, commune with the ancient monastic community in the Armenian Quarter, visit Masada, see the ancient Roman and Greek ruins, frolic by the sea and take in beautiful Tel Aviv and the entire Holy Land.
Irish visitors and others can learn more about Cork’s own Mary Elmes (1908-2002) while visiting Israel’s Yad Vashem – the World Holocaust Museum. Elmes, an Irish aid worker who was honoured by Israel as a ‘Righteous Among the Nations‘ (no. 12543) in 2013 as well view, watch and listen to the tragic stories of the Holocaust and sometimes heartwarming stories of those who fought against antisemitism, fascism and sought to save the Jews of Europe.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel provides significant tourist information on the following site, including information on travel requirements with regular Covid-19 travel updates at Go Israel