Altice chairman Patrick Drahi made a sizeable donation to create a new wing of French-Israeli high school at Mikveh Israel. As a result of the donation, the school will be renamed in honor of his parents Marcel and Lucette Drahi.
Present at the cornerstone laying ceremony on Nov. 23 were Drahi’s family, his parents, Naftali Bennett, Minister of Education; Patrick Maisonnave, French ambassador to Israel; Marc Eisenberg, President of Alliance Israélite Universelle; Gabi Ashkenazi, Chairman of the Rashi Foundation and former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces; Ilan Cohen, Chairman of Mikve Israel ; Sam Pinto, President of Kol Israel Haverim; and other distinguished French and Israeli guests.
In addition to Patrick Drahi’s generous contribution, the expansion of the building is being carried out in partnership with the Israeli Ministry of Education, the French Government, the Rashi Foundation and Kol Israel Haverim.
The school was founded in 2007 with the help of the French and Israeli governments and was established on the values of “Kol Israel Haverim-Alliance.” Its aim is to respond to the particular needs of students from France and Israel. Israeli students receive added value from studying French language and culture, while the French students gain the opportunity to study Hebrew and experience Israeli culture.
Marcel and Lucette Drahi met and married when they were both mathematics teachers at the Alliance school in Casablanca, Morocco and have had long careers in education.
The Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation supports projects in France, Israel and other countries in Europe especially in the fields of education, scientific research and the promotion of the Arts.
Earlier this year Altice agreed to purchase Suddenlink Communications in a deal valued at $9.1 billion and Cablevision Systems in a transaction worth $17.7 billion.