Thursday, April 26, 2012
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Independence Day Message
Ethel C. Fenig On the eve of its 64th anniversary of independence, Israel's Prime Minister reflects on the country's unique accomplishments and thanks those around the world for their "passionate support." Israel's Independence Day is a time for us to consider what makes Israel truly unique. Israel is unique in restoring sovereignty, and the capacity for self-defense, to a people who had been stateless and powerless for 2,000 years. Israel is unique in in gathering to an ancestral homeland an exiled people who had been scattered around the globe. Israel is unique in having become a global technological power despite the fact that we face threats faced by no other nation on earth. Israel is unique in the Middle East for having a vibrant, liberal democracy where women are equal, minorities are free and where all are subject to the rule of law. But Israel is unique in one other important way: We are unique in having such passionate friends, Jews and non-Jews alike, for whom the well-being, security and future of our country are so important. This passionate support, along with Israel's strong army, free economy and dynamic society, is the pillar of our national strength. And this Independence Day, I want to thank the tens of millions of friends of Israel throughout the world for their unwavering support for the one and only Jewish state.