'As long as I'm president, Honduras will stand behind Israel'

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández declared Wednesday while on a visit to Jerusalem that relations between his Central American country and Israel have never been closer. “As long as I am president, Honduras will stand behind Israel,” Hernández said in a speech before the Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR) and the World Jewish Congress under whose auspices it operates, at the King David Hotel.

Hernández met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in the day to discuss ways in which the two countries could assist each other. The Honduran president told guests of the ICFR that “after this visit, relations, which have been solid for 65 years, would be even stronger.” 

The Honduran leader, who studied in Israel in 1992 in a Mashav program (an Israeli development and cooperation program) was accompanied on his visit this week by a high-level delegation that included Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Arturo Corrales Álvarez, Secretary of Infrastructure and Public Services Robert Antonio Ordoñez, Secretary of Agricultural Affairs Jacobo Paz Bodden and Secretary of National Defense Samuel Reyes. Hernández explained that the delegation was especially interested in learning from Israel’s experience in the realms of security and irrigation. 

ICFR board member Mordechai Arbell, a former Israeli ambassador and an authority on the history of Jews in the Caribbean and Central America, chaired the dinner. He welcomed the president and expressed gratitude to the Honduran consuls in Europe who issued visa to Jews from Europe fleeing Nazi oppression.

About the Israel Council on Foreign Relations

The Jerusalem-based Israel Council on Foreign Relations is devoted to the study and debate of foreign policy, with special emphasis on Israeli and Jewish concerns. The ICFR functions under the auspices of the World Jewish Congress. The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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Sun, 08 Nov 2015

I find such leaders as Mr Hernández inspirational in that they Boldly and clearly state their support for Israel.
A righteous stance against those who seek to intimidate and supress any who oppose the hidden agendas which aim is the destruction of Israel.

Perla Stein

Thu, 05 Nov 2015

Bravo!!!!!!!!!!! for President Juan Orlando Hernandez. As a Cuban Jew, I am proud that you are standing behind Israel. My brother lives in Honduras with his wife and son, and I am happy to Know that you are the President of that country.
We need more countries to understand what Israel is all about.

Thanks again, Perla Stein Radlow

Howard May

Thu, 05 Nov 2015

Until reading this publication, my family and I were ignorant as to the positive relationship between Israel and Honduras. We thank the President and the people for their exceptional support to and for Israel during these difficult times. We will continue praying for this wonderful country. Thank you!!!


Thu, 05 Nov 2015

Im very happy. This is the good way to bring a peace to the world. Thank you president of Honduras.

Ettie Kryksman

Sun, 01 Nov 2015

Israel needs all the friens it can get being thst it is a tiny country surrounded by enemies. It is nice to know that Honduras' longstanding friendly relationship with Israel dating back to its providing visas to Jews during the Holocaust continues! It is also nice to read how Israel serves as an example to others in so many ways!

Heidi Fortner

Sun, 01 Nov 2015

God will bless this country, just as he has America. Sorry to say our country has began to fall because we have turned away from the things that hat we once stood for.We made a big mistake electing Obama for president he is a terrorist as far as I'm concerned, he has destroyed America. We do not believe in his decision's for the country..God Bless Honduras!!

Luis Gerardo Sandoval Cruz.

Sun, 01 Nov 2015

That's my president. GOD bless Israel and Honduras.

Mooketsi Maimane

Fri, 30 Oct 2015

As long as I am alive I will support the Israeli independence and government the Hunduran president is a man of heroic proportion may God bless him and his entire nation.


Fri, 30 Oct 2015

Que viva su excelencia el Sr. Presidente de la honorable republica de Honduras

Andrew Adler

Fri, 30 Oct 2015

A wonderful an inspiring news event. Let's hear more about how this has been cultivated in the future. Both countries can profit from further exchange of information, expertise and experiences.


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