Minister of Strategic Affairs and former IDF Chief of General Staff Moshe "Bogi" Ya'alon paid a visit to Modiin Maccabim Reut on Monday of this week. His visit began at the Municipality Building, where he met with Mayor Haim Bibas and the senior municipality officials. The minister listened to a review of the city's building-process, development, and school system. During the meeting, Mayor Haim Bibas told Ya'alon that "despite the fact that you are city resident, I am happy to host you here for a formal visit. You may know the city and may have lived in Reut for many years, but the development rate and school systems that you will meet are constantly changing, and we have an excellent opportunity to show you them today."
"I am happy to be here as someone who enjoys the city as one of her residents, and mostly know the sidewalks and staircases that help my physical fitness," said the minister at the meeting. "My house is located on a hill at the edge of Reut overlooking Modiin, and as someone who has lived here since 1996 I have seen the city develop. When we have guests, I always tell them how nothing was here 15 years ago, and how a city has grown here in such a short period of time. I don't touch issues about the city at my office, but the education field really speaks to me, since it is a national power no less than our external energies. I am happy that the Modiin Maccabim Reut Municipality invests so much in it."
After the review, the mayor accompanied the minister on a tour of the city. Among others, the two visited Anabe Park and the city's highest lookout, Givat Sher. From there, Ya'alon met with Ironi Alef High School's staff and students. After giving a lecture, he took the time to answer the 12th graders' questions about the army enlistment and recruitment process. The minister expressed deep appreciation towards the students, and was very impressed by the superb enlistment statistics of the city's teenagers, which are some of the highest out of all of the cities in Israel.
Monday, October 25, 2010