Britain's Ambassador to Israel: "Thank you for giving me a deeper understanding of what the commitment to life really means."
April 12, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
Mr. Tom Philips, Britian’s ambassador to Israel, took the time from his hectic schedule to visit the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Rehabilitative Village and meet with Major General (Res) Doron Almog, Chairman of the village.
The ambassador had heard much about Doron Almog and his activities on behalf of the village, but stressed that after meeting him in person, he had a deeper understanding of the strength of the story that stands behind the village and its founder. Almog’s involvement began as he sought a home for life for his severely disabled son Eran, but then became what he considers Eran’s legacy following the latter’s untimely passing just a year after the village’s establishment.
Mr. Philips has seen much during his years in service, yet he was visibly moved by the sight of the village and its residents. Spending time with the most vulnerable members of society changes a person’s daily outlook, puts into perspective the meaning and value of our own lives, and strengthens the importance of giving and caring for those who cannot do so for themselves.
At the conclusion of the visit Mr. Philips remarked, “Being an ambassador to Israel is not only learning the local language and its customs, it’s also being deeply emotionally and socially involved. These two factors cannot be detached. During my years of service I have witnessed the unique emphasis Israeli society places on its commitment to the quality of life for all of its citizens, and I am very pleased to have shared in this enriching experience.”
Mr. Almog, who was unable to enter Britain in 2005 while on his way to raise funds for the establishment of the village, thanked Mr. Philips warmly for the time and effort he expended in visiting the village. Having traveled quite a distance to see and understand their needs in person, Mr. Philips’ personal sensitivity and concern for society’s most vulnerable members were obvious to all.
Almog concluded, “Just as you have been a faithful ambassador for your country here in Israel, I believe you will serve as a wonderful ambassador for ALEH Negev.”
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