US President Barack Obama recorded a video greeting to Jews around the world on Thursday, just ahead of Rosh Hashana.
"As members of the Jewish faith here in America and around the world gather to celebrate the High Holidays, I want to extend my warmest wishes for this New Year. L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu - may you have a good year, and may you be inscribed for blessing in the Book of Life," Obama said in the greeting
On Israel, he said, "Let us work to achieve lasting peace and security for the state of Israel, so that the Jewish state is fully accepted by its neighbors, and its children can live their dreams free from fear. That is why my Administration is actively pursuing the lasting peace that has eluded Israel and its Arab neighbors for so long."
"Michelle and I wish all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a healthy, peaceful and sweet New Year," Obama said at the end of the greeting.