It gives me great pleasure to send you my greetings on Israel’s 52nd Independence Day. Much has been achieved in our country during these 52 years. Millions of immigrants from the four corners of the earth have been successfully absorbed into Israeli society. Israel stands at the forefront in science, technology and agriculture and has attained recognition by most countries in the world and their leaders, who are anxious to visit and learn from our experience.
All this must be borne in mind when considering our ongoing struggle to achieve peace with our neighbors. This past year has had its full share of tragedies and setbacks. However, we must not become victims of helplessness and despondency. We are in the midst of a very difficult and protracted process with many painful contentions. However, just as peace treaties were concluded with Egypt and Jordan, I am convinced that, eventually, these, too, will be achieved with the Palestinians, Syria and Lebanon.
The stronger we are and the greater in number, the easier it will be to attain our goals. I, therefore, once again call on you, our brothers and sisters in the diaspora, to join us in our own sovereign country. Together we will continue to progress and create an even better country for the future generations.
|Israel Independence Day 2000|