SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (May. 8)
The new President, Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez, who takes office Thursday, has appointed three members of the Jewish community, all women, as Deputies to key Cabinet offices. They are: Ophelia Rubinstein, Housing; Sandra Pisk, Planning; and Rebecca Grynspan, Treasury.
The Israeli delegation to the inauguration of Arias Sanchez is led by Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir, who spoke Wednesday night to more than 500 members of the Costa Rican Jewish community. He called Costa Rica “a real democracy” and cited democracy as the tie that binds Israel and Costa Rica, which has been a staunch supporter of the Jewish State.
Shamir praised outgoing President Luis Alberto Monge as a friend who is not afraid to demonstrate his friendship for Israel. “President Monge will enter into Jewish history,” said Shamir, for his having moved his country’s Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem shortly after taking office four years ago.