Netanyahu Says Israel’s Success is Due to Focus on ‘Values and Excellence’
Speaking two days before the opening of the country’s school year at the start of his weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu credited a focus on “values and excellence” for the Jewish state’s achievements.
“We are trying to instill in our children two things – values and excellence. Values are the Tanakh [the canon of the Hebrew Bible], history, literature and the history and values of our people. This is one layer and the second thing is excellence, the ability to compete in the new world, in mathematics, the sciences, English and computers. These are the basic tools that we want to instill in them,” Netanyahu said.
“I must say that very important work has been done in this field. The previous government saw an increase in the achievements on the international exams, and of course the success at the science Olympiads. I attribute very great importance to this,” he added.
Netanyahu also pointed to the same focus as the key to Israeli success beyond the education system. “We are a people of achievements and we will garner achievements,” he said, “This is the basis of excellence in everything I know – in the elite units of the IDF, in high-tech, in creative endeavors, in literature and in the arts. These things, the combination of values and achievements, this is what will make Israeli children succeed and this is what will ensure our future.”