Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, the opening speaker at the Mount Herzl ceremony, said Wednesday that the state of Israel should not be taken for granted.
"I was nine years old when the State of Israel was born," he said. "I know that the state is not something which should be taken for granted. The flag that flies here should not be taken for granted."
Rivlin also spoke of the great advances Israel has made in the past year, from the military realm to the social.
Rivlin also referenced Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli agent jailed for spying in the United States, saying he expects the US authorities to release him.
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