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.

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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)

 
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‘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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