15 Oct Prime Minister of Israel mentions Bnei Menashe in Knesset speech
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, during a session of Knesset on October 14, 2015. During his speech welcoming Mukherjee to Israel, Netanyahu’s emphasized the strong ties between the two countries by citing the Bnei Menashe immigrants who have moved from India to Israel. It was the first time that an Israeli prime minister has referred to the Bnei Menashe in the Knesset.
We have a clip from the Prime Minister’s speech below. And here is the text:
Mr. President, I know that you share our desire for peace and security, and I must tell you that we feel the great empathy and affection India has for the Jewish people. The wonderful Bnei Menashe people, whose members have come and are coming from India to Israel, serve as a living bridge between us, and with their love for Israel and their great humility and through impressive efforts, they are absorbed into Israeli society, but they also create that living bridge between our two peoples.
You can read the entire speech here.