Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak coming Down Under for JNF Australia Campaign

July 12, 2018 by Community newsdesk
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JNF Australia has announced that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak will be the keynote speaker at its Annual Dinners this year.

Ehud Barak

He will appear in Melbourne on August 29, Perth on September 2 and Sydney on September 4.

Prior to joining Israel’s Government and being elected as its 10thPrime Minister in 1999, Ehud Barak had an illustrious 36-year career in the IDF, serving through all levels before assuming the position of Chief of General Staff. During his service, Mr Barak was a founding member of Israel’s most elite commando unit Sayeret Matkal, later becoming its commander and led many of the country’s most significant (and some still classified) operations, including the Sabena and Entebbe hostage rescues.

A global statesman, Mr Barak played a pivotal role in Middle Eastern peace efforts. He was personally involved in the negotiation and implementation of the 1994 peace treaty with Jordan, and his proposals at the 2000 Camp David talks with the Palestinians remain as one of the key blueprints for ending the conflict.

In commenting on the announcement, JNF Australia CEO Dan Springer noted that “Ehud Barak’s story is the story of the State of Israel. His life has interwoven with all the country’s wars and most of its major operations, triumphs and challenges since independence, both as Israel’s most decorated warrior and as a statesmen in pursuit of peace. Ehud is therefore the perfect choice to represent Israel in its 70thyear and to share with us his personal account of key events in its history, together with current threats and opportunities, as it continues to realise the vision of the State’s founders.”

Ehud Barak will appear exclusively in Australia at JNF’s Annual Campaign Dinners: Melbourne – August 29, Perth – September 2, Sydney – September 4. For more information or to book, please contact your local JNF office on 1300 563 563 or at

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