I can very much relate what Israel means to me as a reflection of my profession and personal values in being a former basketball player and a current Division I college coach.

Israel to me is persistent in continually facing challenging situations as a society and country; driven, dedicated and disciplined in maintaining the importance of culture, core values and many years of tradition; a positive influence on its youth and people; a continued belief in the goodness of individuals; and an attitude and pride of greatness as a whole.

Josh Pastner

On a much lighter note, Israel also has great basketball leagues and programs; the country values basketball as a sport. Being involved in basketball my entire life, I can appreciate Israel’s interest in my career and favorite sport.

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