Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor recited the opening words of Israel's national anthem "Hatikva" during a meeting on the Middle East at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, as a way of honoring the memory of Israel's fallen soldiers on the occasion of Remembrance Day.
"Tomorrow, Israel will commemorate Yom Hazikaron (Remebrance Day) and honor the 23,320 individuals who lost there lives to war and terror. We will remember the brave soldiers who died so that we can have our freedom, and the thousands of men, women and children who were robbed of their lives, simply because they were Israeli, Prosor said.
"War has never been the choice of the state of Israel. Our choice is, as it always was, the path of peace. But when war and terror are forced upon us, we will not surrender and we will not back down. For nearly 2,000 years, we were stateless and powerless in the face of hatred and indifference. Those days are no more, the Israeli envoy vowed.
"On Thursday Israel will celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day), our 67th anniversary as a free and independent Jewish state. With great joy, with heads held up high, we will celebrate the realization of the words of our national anthem "Hatikva.", he said.
Prosor then read out the opening stanza of the anthem in Hebrew, before translating to English, "Our hope will not be lost, the hope of 2,000 years. To be free people in our own land - the land of Zion and Jerusalem."