A photo exhibit titled “The Knesset Celebrates 70 – Parliament Shaping Israeli Society” opened at Ben-Gurion Airport’s main terminal (Terminal 3) today.
The exhibit, which is displayed along the corridor leading travelers to the departure gates, includes some 50 photos of historic events which took place at the Knesset, such as Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s visit and Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s coffin lying in state at the Knesset Plaza, as well as photos related to laws enacted by the Knesset, such as a photo of a new immigrant kissing the ground after landing in Israel – related to the laws of return, and a photo of a female Israel Air Force helicopter pilot – related to women’s rights laws.
Some 23 million travelers are expected to view the exhibit on their way to the departure gates and upon entry into Israel.
Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein (Likud) cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, which was attended by some 150 people.
During the ceremony, Speaker Edelstein said, “These walls have been adorned with many exhibits over the years, all of them very beautiful and impressive. Each one told the story of Israel from a slightly different angle, because there are at least 70 ways to view the 70 years of the State of Israel’s independence. But there is only one intersection where all of these paths meet: at the Knesset.”
“The Knesset is the place where we ask ourselves the most profound questions, and where we give the most sincere answers,” Speaker Edelstein said in his speech. “The Knesset is the sound box of our hope, of our ambitions, of our dreams – and it is also the place where these dreams come true. Sometimes it is difficult to see this; sometimes the Knesset is covered in the dust of arguments, of shouting, of interests. But each day when I arrive at the Knesset and enter the plenum, there is a moment when I tell myself: ‘Before everything else and after everything else, here, at the Knesset, after 2,000 years of exile and wandering, the Jewish nation can once again shape its destiny with its own hands. And that says it all. That makes it all worthwhile.”