Rivlin: Iran’s global status is ‘unacceptable’

President Reuven Rivlin made the remarks at his annual Rosh Hashana toast.

By
September 19, 2017 03:00
2 minute read.
President Reuven Rivlin

President Reuven Rivlin. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

It is “unacceptable” that Iran is gaining legitimacy while promoting the destruction of Israel, President Reuven Rivlin said on Monday.

He was speaking at the annual Rosh Hashana toast hosted at the President’s Residence for members of the diplomatic community.

Addressing ambassadors and honorary consuls of countries that do not have diplomatic missions in Israel, Rivlin emphasized the importance of global cooperation, and urged his guests to join in the efforts to stop attacks on Israel’s legitimacy or the denial of its rights.

Strong international relations, good cooperation, and free trade agreements will allow the whole world to prosper, he said.

Rivlin also stressed the need for strong nation-states, saying “international cooperation and national patriotism do not contradict one another.”

Israel remains strongly committed to international cooperation, and wants to strengthen diplomatic and commercial ties with all the countries whose representatives were in attendance, he said.

Dean of the diplomatic corps Alexander de la Rosa Garabito, ambassador of the Dominican Republic, sounded more like a representative of Israel than of a foreign country. De la Rosa who has been his country’s ambassador in Israel for more than seven years and speaks fluent Hebrew, with barely a trace of an accent, said he felt very attached to Israel, and was feeling too much as home for a professional diplomat. He regarded it as a privilege to serve in Israel, he said.

Speaking about Rosh Hashana, almost as if he were Jewish, he said: “We promise to learn from the past and try to build a better world for the future.”

Noting that Israel is on the verge of celebrating its 70th anniversary of independence, de la Rosa characterized the country’s development as “a miracle.” Without specifically mentioning the Holocaust, he said the Jews who came to Israel in “a pitiful condition in the wake of a catastrophe” came to a Yishuv which was not what it is today.

He spoke highly of Israel’s global economy and the fact that it’s “a scientific powerhouse, declaring that “Israel is not a nation that dwells alone but is a light unto the nations.”

De la Rosa who spoke before the president, was on the same track. “International cooperation is paramount and Israel is a major player in this field,” he said.

He was disturbed by the rising antisemitism, terrorism, racism and violence, which he said affects everyone “and Israel is in the forefront.”

De la Rosa’s hope for the country in the year ahead was that it would enter into meaningful and direct negotiations with the Palestinians “that will enable both to enjoy the peace they deserve.”

After the formalities the guests went outside to toast the New Year and to partake of pomegranate seeds and apples dipped in honey.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

June 27, 2019
North America firm acquires Israeli-based cannabis provider, opening market

By DAVID DIMOLFETTA

Cookie Settings