Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu addressed thousands of Jewish young adults from around the world this week.
All of whom are currently spending time in Israel as part of Masa Israel Journey, a partnership between the government of Israel and the Jewish Agency. Netanyahu called on the Masa participants to stand up for Israel wherever they are – by making aliyah (immigrating to Israel) or defending Israel in their home communities.
In Toronto, Masa is funded through UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
"Israel is your home, your homeland, and your future," the Prime Minister said. "You are bringing back to your countries something valuable – the truth about Israel."
The prime minister praised Jewish Agency Chairman of the Executive Natan Sharansky, calling him “a hero of the Jewish people.”
He recalled for the Masa participants that when Sharansky stood in court back in the Soviet Union and was asked whether he had anything to say, he responded: "I have nothing to say to the court, but to my wife and the Jewish people I say, ‘next year in Jerusalem.’"