Jonathan Bair, a West Jordan High senior, recently returned from an international youth conference in Israel, where he was a guest of the Israeli government

Conducted in Ramat Gan, the conference was held in conjunction with 40th-yearcelebrations of the country. Attending were 700 youths from 18 countries. Jonathan lived with an Israeli family for two weeks.The youth was invited to the country by the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles.The two formed a close working relationship while Jonathan was researching information for the Model United Nations program. Jonathan represented Israel as the opening youth speaker at the meet last April at the University of Utah.

"Experiences like these will form lasting bonds of friendship among youths of all nations . . . working to bring world peace," Jonathan said.

Yitzhak Navor, Israeli deputy prime minister of education and culture, discussed the role of youths in promoting world peace in a keynote address at the conference in Israel.

Traveling to Israel and becoming acquainted with new people was "the greatest opportunity thus far in my life. I learned to love people very different from any I have known, and I appreciate those differences," Jonathan commented.