It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the website of the Embassy of Israel in Thailand.
First of all, please let me introduce myself. My name is Simon Roded. For the past 3 years, I have been serving as the Ambassador of Israel to Thailand and non-resident Ambassador of Israel to Cambodia.
The official diplomatic relations between the State of Israel and the Kingdom of Thailand were established since 23 June, 1954. For over 61 years, we have witnessed the continuous successful cooperation and knowledge sharing in many areas, including agriculture, water management, advanced technology, education, medicine and culture.
Throughout the years, the versatile bilateral relations have been demonstrated by a number historical state visits of Thai dignitaries to Israel, including the HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and HRH Princess Chulabhorn. These gestures of goodwill were reciprocated by memorable visits to Thailand by Israeli prominent public figures including Foreign Ministers Ms. Golda Meir, Mr. Moshe Dayan, Mr. Abba Eban and Mr. Shimon Peres.
In 2007, Israel joined the Thai people in celebrating the 80th birthday anniversary of HM the King by planting 120 Israeli pomegranate trees in Hubkapong, where the first “Thai-Israel Rural Development Project” started in 1966.
For both Israel and Thailand, agriculture plays an essential role in stimulating economic growth. Since 1960s, the Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) has welcomed thousands of Thai professionals attending various training courses, mainly in the fields of agricultural technology and education.
Over 24,000 Thai workers are employed in the Israeli agricultural sector. In 2011 Israel and Thailand signed a bilateral agreement, first of its kind, which succeeded in eliminating heavy excessive fees paid by migrant workers going to Israel and guaranteeing fair employment conditions. This ground-breaking model of protection of workers’ rights now is being studied around the world.
In 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Development Cooperation Program, between Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) and Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) was signed. Following the MOU signing, the first workshop “Greenhouse Crop Production and Management” was taken place in February 2015 in order to support capacity buildings for Cambodian, Laotian and Myanmar participants. The success of the workshop is a proven evidence how synergistic our relations can contribute to the region.
The growing popularity of Thailand among 150,000 annual Israeli tourists, the volume of 1.4 billion USD bilateral trade, the flourishing cultural exchanges and other areas of cooperation, demonstrate how rich, deep and expansive the relations between our people have become.
In the years to come, myself and the entire embassy team will continue working hard to strengthen our mutual relations between our countries and people.
Ambassador of the State of Israel to Thailand