Honduras president will be the first foreign leader honored at Independence Day event in Israel

Juan Orlando Hernandez, alumnus of Israeli diplomatic course, will be the first non-Israeli head of state at annual torch-lighting ceremony.

The president of Honduras will travel to Israel later this month and accompany a torch-lighter at the opening ceremony on the Jewish state’s 70th anniversary of independence, marking the first time a foreign state leader has been granted that honor.

“Bienvenidos presidente Hernández!” said Minister of Culture and Sport Regev, who serves as chairperson of the Ministerial Committee for Ceremonies and Symbols responsible for the ceremony. “I am happy and proud that President Hernández… will attend.”

Newly re-elected Juan Orlando Hernandez, who has led a pro-Israel government since first elected in 2014, has confirmed his attendance in the April 18 event.

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