On Tuesday 5 February, the Jewish Society and Politics Society had the honour and privilege of welcoming His Excellency Mark Regev, the Israeli Ambassador to the UK, to speak to a packed lunchtime audience of Boys' and Girls' School students in the Aske Hall.
Having been introduced by Avi Clements in the Lower Sixth, Mr Regev was then ‘in conversation’ with Edward Isaacs, also Lower Sixth, answering a wide variety of questions, ranging from ‘does he think there will ever be peace in the Middle East’ to questions pertaining to President Trump. Throughout, Mr Regev gave extremely knowledgeable, full and insightful answers on the current position of the Israeli government in contemporary political issues. He was evidently well-equipped to provide thought-provoking views as to the current political situation in the Middle East as well as future Israeli-UK relations post Brexit, highlighting the very close historic relationship and noting the signing of the recent trade agreement between Israel and the UK.
The opportunity for questions from the floor was grasped eagerly by the audience, and these ranged from questions relating to the recent burial of six Holocaust victims, to the Israeli Defence Forces, all of which Mr Regev answered.
It was an incredible honour and privilege to host such a highly esteemed diplomat to Habs and every student who attended will have learned a huge amount, while being inspired by Mr Regev’s enthusiasm and his passion for his role as the Ambassador to the UK.
Adam Haffner, Lower Sixth, thanked Mr Regev profusely for giving up his time to speak to our students today and the School are extremely grateful not only to Mr Regev, but all the staff from the Israeli Embassy for helping to arrange the event and for making it such a great success. We are also extremely grateful to Mr Llewellyn for coordinating the event with the Embassy. Mr Regev inspired and educated over 200 students present at the event and on behalf of the Politics and Jewish Societies, the School cannot thank him enough for making the event so incredibly special. It truly was an event to remember.
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