Changing the face of the Middle East

Approaching the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba, we delve into the Australian stake in the creation of the State of Israel.

October 19, 2017 18:51
Battle of Beersheba

The Battle of Beersheba is reenacted in the eponymous city on its 95th anniversary in 2012.. (photo credit: KKL-JNF ARCHIVE)

‘We owe the Australians a lot. If it weren’t for their soldiers, we might not have a State of Israel,” says Shlomo Benheiem, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund’s director of tourism and JNF missions.

He is speaking to a group of journalists who are on a JNF press tour in advance of the October 31 celebrations of the centenary of the World War I Battle of Beersheba, which Benheiem says “changed the face of the Middle East.”


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