Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:29 PM
“Without KKL-JNF there would be no community settlement.”
Israel’s Moshavim Movement held a special evening honoring KKL-JNF, in appreciation of the organization's crucial contribution to the development of rural communities, and to celebrate the many years of partnership between KKL-JNF and the Moshavim Movement. The event was attended by regional council heads from the Galilee and the Arava, by leaders and officials from moshavim all over the country and by leaders of Israel’s other rural communities.
Secretary General of the Moshav Movement Meir Tzur told those present: “KKL-JNF has contributed greatly in the past – and still contributes today – to rural settlement in general and to the moshavim in particular. When KKL-JNF is attacked, we are under attack, too. KKL-JNF has established the infrastructure for eight hundred communities in Israel, and has provided infrastructure almost everywhere in the country. Without KKL-JNF we wouldn’t be where we are today as far as agricultural settlement is concerned. Without KKL-JNF there would be no settlement.
KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler and his wife Dalia. Photo: Edi Israel, KKL-JNF Photo Archive
“We’re here today to thank people,” continued Meir Tzur, who is also Chairman of the Israel Farmers’ Federation. “We’re here to tell you that we’re with you. When you come under attack, we’re at your side, in order to develop KKL-JNF for the sake of future generations, too. Today is Agriculture Day in the Knesset. Everyone knows that the farmers provide food, and food security is vital. Everyone knows that it’s important for us to conserve the land and protect the borders, but the fact is that the farmers aren’t making a decent living.”
KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler said: “Everything we do and everything we create is for the sake of community development – these people are the closest to our hearts. Ever since KKL-JNF was founded, we have regarded rural settlement as being of supreme value. It is a way of life: this link to the land and the soil is the realization of the Zionist vision. We’ve proved that by working together with the farmers, we can do the best and most productive thing for Israel. We’re with you, come what may, on all the borders of the State of Israel. Members of Israel’s agricultural communities – we’re with you all the way!”
Secretary General of the Kibbutz Movement Eitan Broshi declared: “For me KKL-JNF is the land. If you don’t continue your activities to promote settlement, I’m doubtful anyone else will.”
Dr. Eyal Blum, Head of the Central Arava Regional Council, echoed these sentiments: “Everywhere, in the neighborhoods, the community facilities – it’s all KKL-JNF. I’ve come here today from the Arava especially in order to say ‘thank you’ to KKL-JNF. KKL-JNF is an efficient and effective organization that invests in Israel’s periphery. KKL-JNF knows how to help Jews in the Diaspora connect with the State of Israel.”
L-R: Dr. Eyal Blum, Head of the Arava Regional Council; Tamir Idan, Head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council; Efi Stenzler, KKL-JNF World Chairman; Meir Tzur, Secretary-General of the Moshavim Movement and Chairman of the Israel Farmers' Federation; Dror Shor, Head of Be'er Tuvia Regional Council; Yitzhak Elia, Chairman of HaPoel HaMizrachi. Photo: Edi Israel, KKL-JNF Photo Archive
Head of the Sdot Negev Regional Council Tamir Idan told his audience: “We owe a great vote of thanks to KKL-JNF, especially because of the way it supported us during Operation Protective Edge. People at KKL-JNF devote their time and energies for the benefit of the community, the nation and the Land of Israel. I admire and appreciate KKL-JNF’s activities at all times – and especially in times of emergency.”
Dror Shor, Head of Be'er Tuvia Regional Council, concurred: “Settlement is KKL-JNF and KKL-JNF is settlement,” he said.
KKL-JNF, as a leading rural and agricultural settlement force in Israel, has done a great deal to promote rural communities, and still continues to do so. It has initiated the establishment of over eight hundred communities throughout the country. Its activities include establishing communities, preparing land and facilitating the settlement process.
Where education is concerned, KKL-JNF has established hundreds of leadership classes in schools, operates educational programs, invites Moshav Movement schools to participate in the KKL-JNF nationwide quiz and participates in the Yossi Yaffe Project, which is organized jointly by KKL-JNF and the Bnei HaMoshavim (“Sons of the Moshav”) youth movement.
Since the founding of KKL-JNF and the beginning of Jewish settlement in Israel prior to the founding of the State, KKL-JNF has been involved in providing infrastructure, preparing land, building reservoirs, promoting agricultural research and much, much more – and it continues all these activities to this very day.