Every boy and girl in Australia and New Zealand know stories of the ANZAC warriors, who conducted their courageous campaign during WORLD WAR I in the Middle East. They all know about the tragic defeat in Gallipoli and many know of the victory of the Battle of Beer Sheba from the Ottoman Empire's military forces. In what is considered to be the last cavalry charge in modern history very few Israelis know of how this Australian victory freed the path for General Allenby's British soldiers to advance to Jerusalem and change the course of history.

The 2017 Vocal Fantasy, hosted by the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, followed the vision of the late Shimon Bigelman, who founded the festival in 2012. The six concerts, a celebration of choirs and voices taking place from July 12th to 15th 2017 and with the endorsement of the Jerusalem Development Authority, was dedicated to Shimon Bigelman’s memory.

The Jerusalem International Film Festival will take place between July 13 - 23, 2017 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv supports the presence of the feature film “Ana. Mon amour” (2017, director: Călin Peter Netzer) in the international competition of the festival, as well as the participation of Romanian film critic Mihai Chirilov at the program of events dedicated to professionals in the field of cinematography, taking place during the festival between July 14 - 16.

Athletes from all over the country, Jews and Arabs, all came to a joint training on the beach and proved: We are all equal, we all want to live together in peace. "It's symbolic of a city like Haifa hosting a festival of peace"

Last Thursda(July 13th), the Maccabia’s beach was filled with more than 100 athletes, aged 10 to 60, all wearing a karate gi (training suit), who came to take part in a martial arts festival held at Leonardo Beach.

All of them practice part of the Budo for Peace Association, which uses the principles of traditional martial arts (restraint, determination, respect) for bringing together and bridging populations in Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, this evening (Thursday, 6 July 2017, at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, attended the opening ceremony of the 20th Maccabiah Games.

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

"Dear Maccabiah participants,

Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.

I have two messages for you today.

The first is: Excel in sports; run, kick, jump, jump with the skies. Achieve everything you want and beyond what you want.

Now, I have personal experience in this. It's mixed. You see, I was pretty athletic when I was young and I tried out for the wrestling team. I broke my arm at 14.

Then recently, I thought I'd take a shot at soccer. I played in a soccer game of young Jews and Arabs in Israel. I broke my leg.

So, I cannot tell you, dear athletes, break a leg. I say: succeed, excel, win. You are all winners, you are all champions.