JACKSON, Tenn. – March 6, 2003 – Union University has announced former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be the keynote speaker for the Seventh Annual Scholarship Banquet at Jackson's Carl Perkins Civic Center on Monday, Oct. 27, 2003. His address will be titled Terrorism: How the Constitutional Democracies Can Win.
The youngest prime minister in Israeli history, Netanyahu was elected in 1996. He negotiated the Wye River Agreement in 1998, and reduced the incidence of terrorism in Israel during his term.
“Union University is pleased to have a leader of this caliber for our Seventh Annual Scholarship Banquet,” said Union president David S. Dockery. “Prime Minister Netanyahu has taken the lead in addressing key moral issues currently facing the Middle East. He is dedicated to the fight against terrorism, and his real-life experiences in global politics, economics and strife in the Middle East will provide great insight on Oct. 27.”
Lead sponsors for this year’s banquet include BancorpSouth, Carl and Alice Kirkland, and Pentair Tools Group--Porter-Cable/Delta and DeVilbiss Air Power Company. Premier sponsors currently include Chip and Rita Christian, Benny and Norma Fesmire, FirstBank, Jack and Zan Holmes, Schilling Enterprises, Inc., Union Planters Bank, White Investments LLC., Roy L. White, President and CEO.
The Scholarship Banquet is supported by Union’s Board of Presidential Associates for the purpose of raising funds to provide Scholarships. Last year’s event raised more than $400,000, bringing the total funds raised by the banquet series to over $2 million since its inception in 1997.