Published on : 05/20/2015
By : Arista Asmawati
KKL-JNF ensures that we shall leave a better country for the generations to come.
The festive closing event that marked the conclusion of the Solidarity Delegation’s visit to Israel brought the hundreds of representatives from all over the world together in Jerusalem for an exciting festive reunion that concluded a week of tours the length and breadth of Israel, including visits to ground-breaking projects established by KKL-JNF with the help of its Friends worldwide.
Former IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz was the guest of honor, and Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat were among the speakers.
The festive closing event in Jerusalem for the international solidarity mission was an expression of appreciation for the long-standing partnership between KKL-JNF and its Friends worldwide that has yielded projects that improve Israel socially, economically and environmentally, and offer the country a sustainable future.
“There is no more appropriate a place to conclude this visit than here, in Israel’s capital, the heart and soul of the Jewish people,” KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler told his listeners. “Together with you we shall create a better country, and a greener country, for the sake of the generations to come.”
Former IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz was the guest of honor at the event. “When you tour Israel you don’t just hear about what’s going on here – you see things for yourselves and really get a sense of the country,” said Lieutenant-General Gantz. “I had the privilege of serving my country, and, of course, I did not do so alone. I regarded myself not just as chief of staff of the Israeli army, but as the chief of staff of the Jewish People.”
Addressing the KKL-JNF international representatives directly, he said: “You have an important role to play in encouraging support for Israel. When you go back home, tell everyone that Israel is in the right. We don’t want merely to defend the country – we want to see it grow and develop, and your efforts make this possible. For every rocket, we shall plant a hundred trees here. This country belongs to you just as much as it does to us.”
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