Bennett visits Sderot ahead of start of school year

Education Minister holds celebratory event for students in city which has come under Hamas fire. 'The spirit of Sderot will win out.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Bennett visits Sderot
Bennett visits Sderot
Oded Karni

Education and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett, visitedt the city of Sderot on the Gaza border Thursday afternoon ahead of the opening of the new school year, which is due to begin on Sunday. The celebratory event – which was also attended by MK Shuli Mualem and Ya'akov Margi among other senior officials – was initiated by Minister Bennett in partnership with the national network of community centers (Matnasim), in light of the heightened security situation on the border in the recent months and the effect on the children in the area.

Minister Bennett commented, "As we approach the start of the school year, we have come for a festive event here, to offer strength to our brothers and sisters, the residents of the south. We are here to bring a clear message to our enemies on the other side of the border – this city, this spirit, you will never be able to break. The spirit of Sderot, of the State of Israel, will win out. We will return the quiet and security to Sderot and the communities around the Gaza broder. The new school year is already upon us, and we wanted to offer some respite for the children, so that they could enjoy themselves before returning to normal routine. Our commitment to the residents of the south is to provide quiet and stability, and this we will continue to do. Strong security demands a strong back. They deserve this. We will continue to strengthen and fully support the residents of the south."

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi thanked Minister Bennett and said, "This year, too, the children of Sderot will enjoy a wide range of activities in the community center for all ages, including performances and various activities throughout the year. I am happy to open the school year with Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who cares for the children of Sderot, and chose to come specifically here on the eve of the new school year."

The event at the Sderot Matnas (community center) included well known musicians and children's performers, along with a range of activities including photography and multimedia stations, soccer, games, bouncy castles and a Gymboree, face painting, and more.