This year the State of Israel held its second Aliyah Day,a tradition started in 2016 to mark a national holiday celebrated on the seventh of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan. Thisday emphasizes the importance of Aliyah to Israel and the contribution of immigrants to the State.
The Knesset Committee for Immigration and Absorption held a special discussion, attended by Prime Minister Netanyahu, committee chair MK Avraham Neguise, Minister of Immigration and Absorption - Sofa Landver, Jewish Agency Chairman - Natan Sharansky, Knesset Speaker - Yuli Edelstein, and representatives of immigrant organizations and non-profits.
Netanyahu stated that – "Aliyah is important to me, important to our people, and important to the future of the State of Israel. Recent waves of immigration have established our country's economic, security, and political power. The growth of Zionism, its realization in the State, its further consolidation, and finally its true success – would not have been possible without Aliyah".
The Knesset speaker added that – "We must mark this day of Aliyah, and the words "V'Ahavta L'Reicha Kamocha" (love your neighbor as you love yourself) should be our guideline. We must embrace our immigrants, and walk the path together to making our country ever stronger".