Japan-Israel Relations

March 14, 2023

 On March 14, commencing at 2:45 p.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Summit Telephone Talk with H.E. Mr. Isaac HERZOG, President of the State of Israel. The summary of the talk is as follows.

  1. The two leaders recognized the remarkable development of relations between the two countries, which marked their 70th anniversary last year. They also welcomed the inauguration of the first ever commercial direct flight between Japan and Israel, and expressed hope that this will serve as an opportunity to invigorate exchanges between the two countries.
  2. President Herzog explained the situation regarding the reform of the judicial system in Israel. In response, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his hope that the current situation will be settled as soon as possible in a way that strengthens democracy in Israel.
  3. On the Middle East Peace, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his concern over unilateral measures by both sides and stated that Japan hopes to contribute to easing tensions toward the achievement of a two-state solution, and the two leaders confirmed that they will continue to work together.
  4. In addition, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and concurred that they will continue to work closely together for further strengthening the relationship between Japan and Israel.

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