Israel’s 70th Anniversary celebrated with tribute to Prime Minister HarperThe Right Honourable Stephen Harper
By Cassandra Heward (original source The Suburban)
On the very day 70 years ago when Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel by reading out the Declaration of Independence, some 1000 Montrealers gathered at the Shaar Hashomayim synagogue to celebrate the special anniversary by paying tribute to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, the former Prime Minister of Canada, for his unflinching support of Israel throughout his political career.
Raquel Benzacar Savatti, chief executive office for Israel Bonds Canada which organized the event, affirmed the importance of such a gathering to highlight Israel’s development and global presence since the state was declared on May 14, 1948. She emphasized that since its creation, Israel Bonds has exceeded expectations of success, noting that sales routinely surpass $1 billion a year. Savatti reiterated the words of Reuven Rivlin, the President of Israel, to emphasize his outspoken appreciation for Israel Bonds and the Jewish diaspora as “necessary pillars for Israel’s development.”
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