The beauty that the Jewish National Fund has created throughout the length and
breadth of Israel is something that truly stirs the soul President Shimon Peres
said on Wednesday night at the annual Council for a Beautiful Israel Magshim
Israel Yafa (Achieving a Beautiful Israel) award ceremony at which the Jewish
National Fund was this year the sole recipient.
The Jewish National Fund
which was established at the fifth Zionist Congress in Basel, and is this year
celebrating its 110th anniversary, represents all the criteria which are
incorporated in the CBI's vision, and therefore there was absolutely no
hesitation in deciding to nominate the JNF as this year's winner said CBI
chairman and former Minister for Agriculture Avraham Katz-Oz.
On stage at
the President's official residence where the awards ceremony has been held for
the past 35 years, since the founding of CBI by Aura Herzog, was a giant replica
of the traditional Blue Box, plus a replica of a newer version made out of olive
Peres, Katz Oz and KKL-JNF chairman Efi Stenzler all mentioned the
role of the Blue Box in making the whole of the Jewish world partner to the
JNF's many projects.