the Prime Minister of the State of Israel
Mr. Ariel Sharon
to the Jewish Communities of the Diaspora
on Israel’s Independence Day 5761-2001
It is my pleasure to greet you on this 53rd Yom Haatzmaut from Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people for the last 3004 years, and of the State of Israel for the past 52 years and forever.
I am proud of our achievements. We are a modern and vibrant country, and together with the help of Jews all over the world, we transformed the Zionist dream and vision into a living reality.
Since our founding 52 years ago, we held the sword in one hand while reaching out for peace and building the country with the other. We also recognize the vital contribution of our soldiers and security forces – many of whom gave their lives so that we could make Israel a strong and secure homeland for the Jewish people.
The past year has been a particularly challenging one for all of us. But, as we face the coming year, we are stronger and stand united. The National Unity Government which I lead sends an important message to our citizens, as well as to all the nations of the world. As Jews, we must concentrate on what unites us. Our common history, heritage, and mutual interests bind us together to protect Israel today and for future generations. Together, we will successfully meet the challenges that lie ahead.
|Israel Independence Day 2001|