Israel & Tongan Relations



    Tonga and Israel have sustained diplomatic relations since 1977, with Israeli assistance focused largely on health and development sectors.

    In 2011 former Ambassador Shemi Tzur presented his credentials to King Tupou V. Following this the then Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, Mr Reuven Rivlin (current President of Israel) payed an official visit to the Kingdom. On behalf of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin made a large donation of medical supplies for the treatment of diabetes to the Tongan Ministry of Health. Later that year the Tongan Parliamentary Delegation visited Israel.
    Then in 2012 the Tongan Prime Minister visited Israel, accompanied by the Ministers of Education, Minister of Health and the CEO of the Prime Minister's Office. During this visit they met with the Israeli President, Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The delegation toured the laboratories and the Medical school at the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem. Experts from CINADCO (the Centre for International Agricultural Development Cooperation of Israel's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), showed them a demonstration on farm and greenhouse technologies.
    Economic cooperation between Israel and Tonga is advancing with new connections being formed across primary industries. In 2013 current Israeli Ambassador Yosef Livne presented his credentials to King Tupou the VI. and met with the Deputy PM, Minister of Health and CEO for Agriculture, Food, Forrest and Fisheries. During his visit he presented the Minister for Sport with a donation of soccer equipment from the Reagen Milstein Foundation.​

    Tonga and Israel continue to have warm relations.