PM: What happened in the Bible, happened here

'We are in the land of the Bible,' Netanyahu says in meeting with Bible Quiz participants.

Hezki Baruch ,

Ministers with Bible Quiz participants
Ministers with Bible Quiz participants
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with the participants of the Bible Quiz on Sunday, held traditionally on Israel's Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzmaut). 

Also present were Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home), Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky, and the World Bible Quiz leader Itzik Ben-Avi.

Sixty-five teenagers from 33 countries around the world and Israel participated this year in the Quiz, under the theme of the Unity of Israel. 

"We are in the land of the Bible, we are in the city of Jerusalem," Netanyahu said during the meeting. "What happened there happened here."

"This is our country, this is our heritage," he continued. "Our schools. Our story. Our faith, our hope. All this is in the Bible."