'The fact that Israel is the first non-English speaking country ever to host the World Lacrosse Tournament, which happens to be the biggest yet with 50 teams and 2,000 athletes participating, is a testament to the country’s flourishing spot in the international community,' an Israeli official said.

“The ILA is indeed a Zionist enterprise, but my opinion—and what I consider to be part of our liberal Jewish culture—is also that it serves as a platform representing a bridge for peace,” Scott Neiss, who imported Lacrosse to Israel, said.