On Wednesday evening, March 7, in new York honored Natan Sharansky, outgoing soon, as head of the Jewish Agency («Sokhnut»). The event was attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former U.S. President George W. Bush, environment Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Zeev Elkin, billionaire Sheldon Edelson and other distinguished guests.
In his speech, Netanyahu said that Sharansky spent nine years in prison, nine years in politics and nine years and the first thing. In January 2018 he was 70 years old.
«We are gathered here to say two words: thank you (thank you),’ said the Prime Minister of Israel. – Thank you for your service to the Jewish people, democracy, the Jewish state».
Made a speech and George Bush talked about peace, freedom and democracy and personal friendship with Sharansky. The ex-President of the United States asked him not to record his statement, writes Times of Israel.
Sharansky resigns as head of the «Jewish Agency» in three months. Who will take the post after him, still unknown.
Natan Sharansky was first elected as head of «Sokhnut» in June 2009. In accordance with the Charter of the Jewish Agency, the term of the President lasts four years. In 2013, Sharansky was approved at the post for the second term, which ended in June 2017. However, at the request of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky remained for another year on a post of the Chairman of the «Jewish Agency».