Just like its twinned city Milan, Tel Aviv is a frenetic and busy metropolis. Its name means “spring hill”.
It was originally a Jewish suburb of the Arab city Jaffa. It grew very rapidly when Jews began to arrive from all over Europe in the early 1900s.
Today, Tel Aviv has an international airport, and it has thriving industrial facilities in the sectors of chemicals, textiles, publishing, engineering and printing. The city also has a lively cultural life, with theatre, dance, music and cinema… because the arts can also help in developing peace between peoples. In fact, many events involving young people from both Tel Aviv and Milan have arisen in this area of theatre and music, showing that friendship is always possible irrespective of linguistic, religious and cultural differences.
The twinning agreement was signed by the mayors of the two cities on 16 October 1997. From the start, it was hallmarked by the desire to establish an equitable and just brotherhood amongst all people of the world. Over recent years, the cities have worked tirelessly on the construction of possible channels that could lead to a lasting peace, bringing the conflict between Israel and Palestine to an end, with due consideration for the different parties involved.
Tel Aviv has a great deal to teach Milan in the areas of new technology and security because of its problematic situation as regards everyday life. The city has progressed notwithstanding the difficulties caused by conflict, and it has succeeded in giving the population an acceptable level of safety and security notwithstanding the difficult relations with nearby Palestine. It has achieved this by means of the skilful use of technology. A team from Milan visited Tel Aviv specifically to observe the systems of security and control applied to the territory in order to see whether this technology could be applied in Milan for combating crime and terrorism.