Israeli Judokas meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev at the Prime Minister's office on Thursday, November 8, 2018.
(photo credit: GPO/AMOS BEN GERSHOM)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev hosted the Israeli gold medal winners of the grand slam judo tournament in Abu Dhabi at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on Thursday.
In addition to the gold medalists, the entire Israel Judo team attended the meeting with the prime minister including 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist, Ori Sasoon.
"I have always said that Israel is a cyber power, a water power, an agricultural power, a high tech power, IT," Netanyahu said, adding that now "Israel is a Judo power."
Sagi Muki and Peter Palchik both won gold medals at the completions where the Israeli national anthem was played in the United Arab Emirates for the first time
"I'll tell you a secret, when I heard Hatikva twice, I also had tears in my eyes," Netanyahu said. "It was so moving that I can't imagine that there was not one Israeli who was not moved by this. Keep this up, it's a very big thing. We believe in achievements, we believe in you and I want to thank the members of this delegation."
Regev also said about the judokas at the meeting: "The athletes gave us a wonderful gift. We arrived for the first time in a Muslim country where we did not have diplomatic relations and also sang Hatikva for Sagi Muki and then for Peter Palchik."
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