PM Netanyahu addresses Masa Journey participants, urges them to make Israel their home in the future.
More than 4,000 young Jews participated on Monday evening at the opening event of this year’s “Masa Journey” project in Jerusalem.
Masa provides pro-Israel community and activities in a one-year program framework. The 2015-2016 year is expected to be a record year for the organization, which was established in 2004 by the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency, with more than 12,000 young people taking part, an increase of 7% from last year and a record high since the organization was founded.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke at Monday’s event, telling the young Jews that they are the leaders of the Jewish people and urging to return to Israel in the future – this time for good.
“We are in Jerusalem, which is the heart of our nation – our roots are from here. This where the humanitarian and moral values arrived. We never forgot that this is our land and always wanted to return to it. That\’s what you did,” he said.
“You all have smartphones – parts of them were manufactured in Israel, medications you are taking were manufactured in Israel, you eat tomatoes that were grown here,” continued Netanyahu. “The Jewish mind comes with the Jewish heart. You come here specializing in high-tech, medical interns, teachers – you are witnessing firsthand the greatness of this country.”