SANTIAGO (Jul. 31)
The government of Chile, headed by General Augusto Pinochet, recently decorated Moshe A. Tov, upon the termination of his four years as Israel’s ambassador to Santiago.
The Order of Merit, “Gran Cruz” Class, was awarded to Tov by Chilean Foreign Minister, Vice-Admiral Patricio Carvajal, who said at the decoration ceremony that “Chilean-Israeli relations are inspired by similar ideals and experiences” and that both governments “guarantee respect and reverence for the superior values of the spirit, human dignity, and the right of nations to provide themselves with the constitutions which best give expression to their feelings.”
Tov, a former head of the Latin American Department in the Israel Foreign Ministry, described Israeli-Chilean relations as “excellent” and thanked Chile’s government for its “understanding” of Israel’s position in the Middle East conflict. To mark the occasion, Tov was feted by the Chilean Jewish community and by high ranking personalities from Chile’s political and diplomatic circles.