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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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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.