Romanian President Traian Basescu, who arrived in Israel on Sunday, gave an exclusive interview to Israel Hayom on Monday evening. The full interview will be published in Israel Hayom’s weekend edition.

Basescu, 62, was welcomed by President Shimon Peres in a special ceremony on Monday, and was expected to visit the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday.

During his interview with Israel Hayom, the Romanian president said many friends from his elementary and middle school days had immigrated to Israel, and said that “one of the most important things for the Romanian community in Israel is of course the issue of property that was confiscated by the communist regime. I believe that within 10 years all those who are eligible will receive the compensation they deserve, whether in regard to land or to money.”