When he was previously in Israel in February 2011 as Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk described himself as Israel’s best friend in Europe. Back in Israel in his relatively new role as President of the European Council, Tusk still considers himself to be one of Israel’s best friends.
When he called on President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, he wrote in the guest book: “Again in Jerusalem, not as the Polish prime minister, but in my new role, but as always your best friend.”
Some minutes later in his opening statement in his discussion with Rivlin, Tusk reiterated this sentiment saying that he was happy to be in Jerusalem again in his new role, and that this was the first time that he had come following his appointment to the European Council. “I’m still your very good friend,” he said. “Nothing has changed.”