Being born in Haifa, growing up in Jerusalem, serving in the army, living on a kibbutz on the northern border and then in the Tel Aviv area — Israel is where I was forged. Israel is where my values, friendships, work habits, expertise and passions were created.

Guy Tessler

My biggest joy today is bringing business leaders from the Southeast to Israel and watching them immerse in the coexistence of bleeding-edge innovation and deep historical significance. This can happen only in Israel.

My deepest sadness is seeing dark forces trying to turn this great country into a fanatic, intolerant society. My biggest hope is that light will prevail over darkness, and I hope that in some way I am still contributing to this cause.

See all the reflections on Israel’s meaning on this special anniversary.