TAKING PRIDE IN ISRAEL BONDS
By Israel Maimon
The International Prime Minister’s Club Dinner, held February 12 in Miami Beach, was the official launch of the 2017 Israel Bonds sales effort.
At the event, I was proud to make two significant announcements – record 2016 U.S. sales exceeding $1.127 billion, and the surpassing of $40 billion in global sales since the first Israel bonds were issued in 1951.
As I made these announcements, I looked out into the audience and was struck by the inclusiveness of Israel Bonds. Hundreds of individuals from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe came together as one in celebration of the global partnership with Israel that has been established by Israel Bonds.
Prime Minister Netanyahu highlighted this in video greetings, observing, “Israel bonds are both a financial instrument and a fraternal instrument, a bond of brotherhood and sisterhood with the Jewish state, for Jews and non-Jews alike.”
It was also my honor to share this statement from Finance Minister Kahlon: “Since its founding, Israel Bonds has been a cornerstone of Israel’s economy. Crossing the $40 billion mark exemplifies the organization’s dedication to Israel, and the way in which its message of economic support has resonated on a global scale. On behalf of the government and people of Israel, I wish to thank Israel Bonds and its worldwide client base for helping to build every sector of our economy.”
The recognition accorded by the prime minister and finance minister is a reflection of the commitment and dedication demonstrated by Israel Bonds supporters the world over.
For me, it’s clear why the Bonds program has been so successful. There are many flags throughout the world with crescents or crosses, but there is only one flag proudly flying the Magen David. This one flag represents the sole Jewish state – our state – which we are so honored to support.
I thank the national and regional Israel Bonds staff at every level for the hard work and team effort that continues to make such outstanding results possible.
As president & CEO, I feel privileged to be a part of this important enterprise, and I promise I will do my utmost to make every client proud to be an investor in Israel bonds.