At a meeting with members of a large Israel Bonds delegation from the US, Canada, South America, and Europe, President Reuven Rivlin decried the growing anti-Semitism around the world. "Anti-Semitism is a disease that can reach all nations and spread all around the world,” Rivlin said. “I have met with many world leaders and I get the sense that anti-Semitism comes in a specific context, as a manifestation of extremism.”
A total of 80 people – fifty leaders of Bonds groups and 30 businesspeople who are strong supporters of Israel – met with Rivlin, who thanked them for their support of Israel. “Bonds have had a unique role in the growth of Israel and its transformation from an agricultural country to a modern global economy. Bonds contributed to making the desert bloom, to the construction of Israel's transportation infrastructure, the creation of new industries, the absorption of new immigrants, and increasing the export capacity of the country.”
Among those attending were members of a newly-formed Bonds delegation from Paris. That group, along with the other members of the mission, came to express their solidarity with Israel and Israelis, said Rivlin – and Israel appreciated it.
Israel, Rivlin said, does not stand alone, and “I felt this during Operation Protective Edge. Many of the leaders of the free world, as well as the heads of important movements and organizations around the world, stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel, expressing their support for the state's efforts and duty to protect its citizens, and identifying with our efforts to restore the quiet villages of the south.
“Many people are concerned with the damage caused in Gaza, Israelis experienced economic damage civilian casualties. The property damage, loss of work days, and damaged manufacturing capacity caused by Hamas terror cost us millions of dollars. The damage was much greater than it would have been were it not for the Iron Dome system. I'm glad to see your concern for the continued prosperity of Israel, and I urge you to further strengthen our relationship,” Rivlin added.