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Natan Sharansky

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said Sunday evening that receiving the 2018 Israel Prize is “a great honor and a great responsibility.

“When it comes to kibbutz galuyot, in-gathering the exiles, this prize also goes to [wife] Avital and to all the Aliyah activists and Prisoners of Zion in the Soviet Union who fought valiantly for the right to immigrate to Israel,” Sharansky said.

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“It also goes to the entire Jewish people, which supported the refuseniks’ struggle for freedom.

“The in-gathering of the exiles continues – Aliyah today is an Aliyah of free choice: Israel is the best place for self-actualization as a Jew and for impacting the future of the Jewish people.

“We must do everything to ensure that Israel remains a home to every Jew in the world.”

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