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The Maccabiah Games Will Go On

Uzy Zwebner, chairman of Israel's 16th Maccabiah Organizing Committee, delivered those six simple yet elegant words in the aftermath of a planning session he hosted that was attended by representatives from more than 40 countries.

Thus, the next installment of the Maccabiah, the quadrennial, Olympic-style competition for Jews of all ages throughout the world, will be held July 7-27 in the State of Israel.

The participants' list also included members of the Maccabiah Safety and Security Committee, among them a former head of Israel's Mossad, a brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces, a commander of the IDF paratrooper school, and Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert.

"We never had any doubt that the Maccabiah Games would proceed as planned, July 7-27," said Zwebner, 47, a seventh-generation Jerusalemite. "All of the necessary security arrangements will be in place. In fact, our committee's security standards actually exceed those required by the Israeli government. And, the Maccabiah is fully coordinated with the security services of the State of Israel at the highest level.

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