Netanyahu Implores Diaspora Jews to 'Read Beyond the Headlines' on Israel

Prime minister implores participants of a government-sponsored program to spread the 'truth' about Israel in their home countries.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to participants of the MASA program, Nov. 2, 2014.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to participants of the MASA program, Nov. 2, 2014.Credit: Ethan Freedman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday implored young Jewish adults to read beyond news headlines and seek the "truth about Israel."

“Israel is an amazing story for mankind, but especially for Jews. I think you have to get the truth behind the headlines, you’ve got to know the fact that we are a democracy, we are a people that want peace, we are people that create the future,” Netayahu said.

Netanyahu made the comments in a speech to participants of MASA, a government-sponsored program for Diaspora Jews, at the Jerusalem Congress Center.

He implored a captive and supportive audience to spread the "truth" about the Jewish state in the countries they live in.

"This is your one country," he told the participants.

The prime minister put an emphasis on the future by referring to the past. He commemorated the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the 19th anniversary of which Israel marks this Tuesday, and the signing of the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 1917.

“Do you know the number of Jews who lived in this land in 1917? About 60,000. And today, we have over 6 million Jews,” he said.

He invited the participants to immigrate to Israel, saying Israel depends on aliya to maintain its Jewish character. “We embrace our past as we embrace the future. And that future includes you,” he said.

Netanyahu noted that soon, “we’ll pass another benchmark in our history, because for the first time in 2,000 years, the majority of the Jewish people (worldwide) will be living in the Jewish land.”

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