“Israel is the most challenged nation on earth and I think you will discover this, but you will also discover something else - the unique capacity of the Jewish people in the Jewish state to overcome adversity and build a remarkable nation," said Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to a group of some 100 Jewish journalists from around the world who met in Jerusalem on Sunday, June 22, at the opening ceremony of the first Jewish Media Summit. 

“Our feet are grounded in our past in this land, but we seize the future,” Netanyahu continued. "The Negev city of Beersheba is becoming the cyber-capital of the Eastern hemisphere. Why? Because Jewish people ask questions; because we argue, and we always inquire. That’s our tradition. We seek to better the world.  Israel is the only beacon of light, true freedom and true tolerance between Gibraltar and the Khyber Pass.

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The journalists were greeted by KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler, who noted that KKL-JNF is often on the front lines of the battle over Israel’s legitimacy. “We are subject to criticism and violence at every one of our conferences in Europe and throughout the world,” Stenzler said, noting that at the KKL-JNF conference in Paris, the police installed three lines of security at the entrance. “We are maligned because KKL-JNF is defined as the face of Zionism and the realization of the dream of the rebirth of the Jewish people in its homeland in Israel.”

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Ahuva Bar-Lev
KKL-JNF – Information and Internet Department

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