Melbourne students meet Olmert

December 2, 2009 by J-Wire Staff
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Ehud Olmert has delivered a personal message to a representation of Melbourne’s students….stand strong for Israel.

Twenty students from the Australasian Union of Jewish Students, Young Labour and the Australian Liberal Students Federation met with the former Israeli Prime Minister behind closed doors in melbourne this week.

Ehud Olmert [c] flanked by students

He spoke frankly about the challenges facing Israel as well as the many successes Israel as achieved over the past 61 years. The students were given a unique insight into the latest advancements in technology, science, sport and the arts. Olmert spoke of the many similarities between Israel and Australia, particularly in regards to both countries being thriving multicultural democracies.

Young Labor member Ella George said that she ‘felt privileged to meet a major player in Middle Eastern politics’. Stefan Oberman, Victorian President of AUJS added that he was happy to hear students from both sides of politics expressing such strong support for Israel. Young Liberal Sarah Constable described Mr Olmert as a man of great knowledge and insight. Constable said it was a real honour to hear him speak so candidly about his feelings towards the land of Israel. National Chair Person of AUJS Daniel Kitay described the lunch as a ‘once in a life-time opportunity for the twenty privileged university students from varying backgrounds and political standpoints to be privy to an address that enabled the students to gain clarity and understanding of the current situation on the ground in Israel’.

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