Judea and Samaria Virtual MEGA Event 2022
Hundreds of activists and public figures from the United States participated in the first plenary of the virtual conference produced by the Yesha Council, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), and the "My Israel" organization.
Hundreds of activists and public figures from the United States participated in the first plenary of the virtual conference produced by the Yesha Council, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), and the "My Israel" organization. This is the second year that the conference has been held successfully online. The ZOOM conference is held in three plenary sessions on Sundays, intending to present important contemporary issues and future development in Judea and Samaria.
In the first meeting this year, the critical importance of Judea and Samaria to the success of Israel’s national economy took center stage. Featured speakers included: MK Nir Barkat; MK Ofir Akunis; United States House of Representative from Texas, Louis Gohmert; Yigal Dilmoni, CEO of the Yesha Council; Sarah Haetzni Cohen, Chairwoman of "My Israel"; Mort Klein, CEO of ZOA; Dan Iluz, Director of ZOA Operations in Israel and Dr. Yechiel Leiter, Shiloh Forum. Subsequent conference meetings will be held on February 20 and March 6.
MK Nir Barkat presented his economic plan as a solution to the conflict and as the vehicle for the substantial improvement of quality of life for all residents of Judea and Samaria. Barkat: "The more opportunities the Arabs in Judea and Samaria have for cooperation in the economic realm, the better their quality of life will be. And where there is more cooperation, there is more security."
Louis Gohmert, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas passionately stated: "Israel will not be able to defend its borders and its citizens without Judea and Samaria being part of the State of Israel. Opponents Zionism and Israel’s rights to Judea and Samaria know this and therefore act to rip the Biblical heartland from the State of Israel. The United States is a true friend of the State of Israel and it is right and moral that it continues to support it in every way."
Sara Haetzni Cohen, Chairwoman of the “My Israel” movement said: "Precisely at this time, when a geographical distancing has been imposed on us by Corona, it is important to continue to engage with hundreds of our partners from around the world in strategic matters that are at the core of our identity and right to exist in a Jewish and democratic state. This conference in one in a series of steps we are taking to present our truth and connect the world to it. "
Dan Iluz, Director of Israel Operations for the Zionist Organization of America, emphasized the following: "Despite the policies of the current administration and the line of the progressive wing of the extreme left, in large parts of the United States there is still huge support for Judea and Samaria and the hundreds of participants in today’s conference prove that fact. As we heard from each of the speakers today, Judea and Samaria are not the problem, but actually the solution to regional economic growth, a solution to regional peace, and the key to the Jewish identity of the State of Israel. "