Independence Day greetings


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Greetings from the President of the State of Israel to the Jewish Communities in the Diaspora on the occasion of Israel’s 66th Independence Day

Dear Friends,

As we stand poised to celebrate Israel’s 66th anniversary, we take a moment to reflect on the past and contemplate our prayers for the future. I am pleased to invite you, our extended family, to join us on this day of festivity, as together we take pride in Israel’s achievements and prepare to build a brighter tomorrow for Israel and the Jewish people in the best of Jewish tradition – Tikkun Olam.

The year ahead will present us with many challenges. The shifting sands of the Middle East generate a sense of insecurity in what tomorrow holds. Change, however, can also present opportunities for new and better prospects that should be seized. With this in mind, Israel strives to become a significant contributor to the development of our region and to the world at large.

Our Jewish values should be our guiding light, inspiring us to persevere in the pursuit of peace, a Jewish mission – and a dream – in which we must never lose faith. For those who seek a better tomorrow for our country, the promise of peace shines as a beacon of hope, calling us to stand strong against the hurdles on the path to harmony.

My sisters and brothers, on this auspicious day of Yom Ha’atzmaut, my message goes out to each and every one of you: Be proud of our heritage, continue to stand united in a spirit of solidarity and partnership, and continue to build a future for our country and people with the hope for peace in your hearts.

חג עצמאות שמח!
Shimon Peres