On the tenth anniversary of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 in which more than 3,000 innocent people of diverse faiths and nationalities were killed, President Shimon Peres has sent a message to United States President Barack Obama expressing the solidarity of the President and people of Israel with the American people and the bereaved families in this time of remembrance.
Peres described the events of September 11, 2001, as the epitome of evil, and the symbol of the courage of the American people. Beyond the horrific human tragedy that resulted from the terrorist attacks, Peres noted that September 11 also served as a milestone in the collective war against terror headed by the United States, "with the aim of building a better and safer world for our children and grandchildren." Peres recalled that in the aftermath of September 11, America waged an uncompromising war on terror, culminating in the death of Osama bin Laden "and freeing the world of this scourge that threatened humanity, without losing sight of the freedom and the rights of Man." Peres lauded America as a nation that has strived to promote the well-being of humanity without seeking to dominate others.
"We are proud to be close friends and allies with the USA," he wrote.
"The people of Israel have shared in the joys of your nation and cried with you a decade ago on the day America was attacked. And today, we again bow our heads as America mourns its loss." Peres concluded his message by reiterating his trust in Obama's leadership and thanked him for his "outstanding contribution" in saving the lives of the members of Israel's delegation in Egypt at the most crucial moment.
The signing off of the message "with enormous appreciation" hints broadly at the extent to which Obama was personally involved in the rescue operation.