Students thrilled to meet former PM
"Australia is certainly your home, but you have a second home, always … Israel’s doors are always open for you.”
NAFTALI Bennett got a rock star reception when visiting Masada College for a morning assembly on Monday, and again a few hours later when attending an assembly at Moriah College, which was also attended by students from Kesser Torah College (KTC) and Emanuel School.
The former Israeli prime minister – whose political career has also included a stint as education minister – thoroughly enjoyed himself as he shook hands with wide-eyed primary school kids, and appeared in selfies with year 12 students.
At Masada, he even got up and danced with a group of students when the four-piece IDF Ensemble belted out some Idan Raichel Project tunes, and was touched when presented with an official college kippah.
He also danced with students at Moriah College.
At both assemblies, he spoke about the meaning of Purim, about tikkun olam, how Israel is helping to provide medical and humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine and Turkey, and what we can all do to make the world a better place as individuals.
“Doing good starts with small things, like asking someone if they are feeling okay, or stepping in if someone is being mistreated or bullied,” Bennett said.
“Always stand up for Israel.
“We will never apologise for being Jewish, we will never apologise for loving Medinat Yisrael.
“And I want to also tell you that, yes, Australia is certainly your home, but you have a second home, always … Israel’s doors are always open for you.”