By Israel Maimon

From April 16-22, I joined with over 200 delegates from three continents to share an amazing week in Israel on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the modern Jewish state. I wish to thank every participant and the Israel Bonds staff for making the delegation an indelible experience filled with great significance and unforgettable memories.

Each day was new, fulfilling and rewarding. The Bonds delegation traced the incredible arc of modern Israel, from the fight for independence to today’s high-tech wonder. 

We honored the fallen, and celebrated an historic anniversary.  Throughout this extraordinary journey, the delegation bonded as one through a shared love of Israel.

If a single word could sum up the 70th anniversary delegation, it would be ‘pride.’ From day one, every participant took enormous pride in seeing stirring examples of the greatness of Israel – its history, its accomplishments, and most especially, its strong, determined people.

Each one of us understood, however, that even as we celebrated achievements past and present, it was also our responsibility to look to the future. Every investor in Israel bonds must be proactive in helping Israel realize all of its vast potential.

Seventy years ago, there was no Israel – there was only the dream. Today, and every day, whether on the flag of Israel or the planes we watched thundering overhead on Yom Ha’atzmaut, the proud display of the Magen David is not only an assurance, but a guarantee that Israel will always – always – be there as the protector of the Jewish people, in Israel and throughout the world.

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State, issued 70 years ago, contained this memorable call to action:  “We appeal to the Jewish people throughout the Diaspora to rally round the Jews of Eretz-Israel in the tasks of immigration and upbuilding, and to stand by them in the great struggle for the realization of the age-old dream – the redemption of Israel.”

Through our shared efforts on behalf of Israel Bonds, we have the exceptional opportunity to respond to this call in a meaningful, personal way.

As a Sabra, I say with gratitude and respect, toda raba – thank you for all that you do on behalf of the nation and people of Medinat Yisrael – the reborn State of Israel.

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