The former National Security Minister, Mr. Matan Vilnai arrived in Beijing on August 24th, 2012 and officially become the Ambassador of the Republic of Israel to China. Currently, China is the only country where Israel has appointed its incumbent ministers as the ambassador.
Ambassador Matan also served in many important positions in Israel before, such as the Minister of Technology, Culture and Sports, the Deputy Minister of National Defense and the Deputy Chief of IDF. In the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel, Home and Abroad News Press journalists had an exclusive interview with Mr. Matan Vilnai. He told us that: "I am proud for the strong relationship between Israel and China. There is great potential for both countries to discover in the future. I feel it is a long way to go!"
"Good morning, Mr. Ambassador. Please share your thoughts about China." We asked.
"I came to China and found that China is very good at sports. I found a strong sporting environment and many great athletes in China who won countless gold medals from various competitions and games. China is not just a country; it is indeed a continent - Asia. I have been to over two dozen cities in China; I can see that the Chinese people are very hard working for improving their destiny. As a result, China has experienced rapid development in many areas." the Ambassador answered.
Israel does not have cruel oil, forests or rich natural resources, but the Israeli people have priceless wisdom. We asked: "Mr. Ambassador, what is the secret for Israel's national development? Why are Jews so smart?" The Ambassador smiled and said: "There is no answer to this question, we sometimes also asked the same question to ourselves but we couldn't get the answer as well."
On the world map, you have to look so carefully to find where Israel is. This country only has 7 million populations in about 25,000 square kilometers land; however, it fight with 10 times enemies in the past half century. After five Middle East wars, the country never failed. That is truly a miracle.
We were really impressed by Mr. Matan's diplomatic demeanor. At the end of the interview, we wished him enjoy his work and life in China.