Famous American NFL star Deshaun Watson, quarterback for the Houston Texans, on Tuesday visited the site of the biblical Tabernacle at Ancient Shiloh, in the Binyamin region.
During his tour of the site and on his way to pray at the holy site of the Tabernacle, he was called by a group of American diggers to give a hand as they “need strong people” in the archeological digs, and he happily joined in.
He prayed for a half an hour at the holy site.
Watson expresses his amazement at “how life feels happier and better in the holy land.”
His visit, arranged by American Voices for Israel and Binyamin Tourism, included a jeep tour around the Southern hills of Samaria and a tasting of boutique wines produced in the biblical heartland of Israel.
In a meeting with Yisrael Gantz, head of Binyamin Regional Council, Watson noted the discrepancy between the way the media depicted life in the area and the way life was actually experienced, in calmness.
He said that in America, Israel is often presented in a negative sense of fear and terror, but when you actually experience it you realize how wrong it is. He described Israel as fun and beautiful with wonderful people.
Gantz said after the visit that “Binyamin received a glittering visit by one of the biggest sports stars in the US. I was happy to hear from him about his excited impressions of Israel in general and Binyamin – Land of the Bible in particular.”
“I have no doubt that his visit will lead to the arrival of thousands of additional tourists to the most beautiful area in the world,” he added.