The Moshav Movement 758.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Israel’s Moshav Movement held a special evening honoring KKL-JNF, in appreciation of the organization's crucial contribution to the development of rural communities, and to celebrate the many years of partnership between KKL-JNF and the Moshav Movement. The event was attended by regional council heads from the Galilee and the Arava, by leaders and officials from moshavim all over the country and by leaders of Israel’s other rural communities.
Secretary General of the Moshav Movement Meir Tzur told those present: “KKL-JNF has contributed greatly in the past – and still contributes today – to rural settlement in general and to the moshavim in particular. When KKL-JNF is attacked, we are under attack, too. KKL-JNF has established the infrastructure for eight hundred communities in Israel, and has provided infrastructure almost everywhere in the country. Without KKL-JNF we wouldn’t be where we are today as far as agricultural settlement is concerned. Without KKL-JNF there would be no settlement.
“We’re here today to thank people,” continued Meir Tzur, who is also Chairman of the Israel Farmers’ Federation. “We’re here to tell you that we’re with you. When you come under attack, we’re at your side, in order to develop KKL-JNF for the sake of future generations, too. Today is Agriculture Day in the Knesset. Everyone knows that the farmers provide food, and food security is vital. Everyone knows that it’s important for us to conserve the land and protect the borders, but the fact is that the farmers aren’t making a decent living.”
KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler said: “Everything we do and everything we create is for the sake of community development – these people are the closest to our hearts. Ever since KKL-JNF was founded, we have regarded rural settlement as being of supreme value. It is a way of life: this link to the land and the soil is the realization of the Zionist vision. We’ve proved that by working together with the farmers, we can do the best and most productive thing for Israel. We’re with you, come what may, on all the borders of the State of Israel. Members of Israel’s agricultural communities – we’re with you all the way!”
Secretary General of the Kibbutz Movement Eitan Broshi declared: “For me KKL-JNF is the land. If you don’t continue your activities to promote settlement, I’m doubtful anyone else will.”
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