Naftali Bennett speaks to Sydney

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A public meeting is being hosted jointly by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, NSW United Israel Appeal, Zionist Council of NSW and Central Synagogue.

Leading journalist and commentator Paul Sheehan will interview Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett at a public meeting at Central Synagogue on Sunday night.

Sheehan, a columnist on the Sydney Morning Herald, will conduct a Q and A session with Bennett after the latter has delivered a formal presentation to the expected 1000-strong audience.

Bennett is the leader of the newly-created Jewish Home party – the fourth-largest party in the Knesset – and Israel’s Minister of Economy, Diaspora and Jerusalem Affairs. Before entering politics, he was a commander in the elite Israel Defence Force unit Sayeret Matkal, after which he built up a business career in the IT sector.

Date and Time: Sunday night December 8 at 8pm.

Inquiries: Jewish Board of Deputies 9360 1600.

 

For those of you who missed the event, I will fill you in a little on it. You missed a treat. What a delightful person he came across as. So warm, witty and so natural.

Around 800 people were at the Central Synagogue in Bondi.

He spoke pretty much in general terms about his life. He explained more specifically the situation in regards to Iran and how by easing the sanctions means nothing. They can make up the lost centrifuges in about 3 weeks.

He says we have to teach our children and grandchildren what it means to be Jewish, not necessarily religious, but to feel our Jewishness.  This is the same message Ruth Calderon put out a few months ago when she was here.

He said that he has seen something here that he wished could be the same in Israel. He loves the way that no matter of what branch of Judaism we follow, be it Ultra Orthodox or Liberal, we co-exist in harmony.

Paul Sheehan conducted a great interview. I knew he was a supporter of Israel but never realised just how big until last night.

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