Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu saluted religious Zionist leader, Rabbi Haim Druckman, Sunday evening on the rabbi's having reached the age of 80. Playing on the word kipah (yarmulke, skull cap) during an adress to the rabbi and an audience of well-wishers a Jerusalem's Binyanei Ha'uma International Convention Center, Netanyahu noted, "In economics, in business, in government, in the Knesset, in public places, in my office, I am surrounded by knitted kipot [a symbol of religious Zionism and the Bnei Akiva institutions associated with Rabbi Druckman -ed.] and the Iron Dome (Kipat Barzel)." The prime minister cited Rabbi Druckman for efforts which resulted in the conversion of 50,000 people to Judaism. He also noted that the rabbi's family extended to 100 grandchildren. With these three things in mind, he said, "With the help of G-d, this triple thread will not be broken soon."
Earlier, Chairman Naftali Bennett of Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) congratulated Rabbi Druckman and called him "the compass" of the new path of politics that religious Zionism was taking. He added, "We need you, your advice - to at least 120 - we will try to go in your path."