'Yom Haatzmaut celebrates two miracles'

As nation starts rejoicing, PM sends message to Diaspora Jews.

April 19, 2010 20:09
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

netanyahu with kipa 311. (photo credit: GPO)


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"Israel’s Independence Day celebrates a double miracle in the life of the Jewish people," Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a personal statement to the Jewish communities of the Diaspora released Monday, on the eve of Yom Haatzmaut.

"The first miracle is the restoration of Jewish sovereignty.  There is no other example that I know of in the history of nations in which a scattered people, practically left for dead, has been able to re-assert its national life," the prime minister stated as the nation made the transition from mourning its fallen soldiers to celebrating its 62nd year of independence.

"The second miracle is what we’ve done since the establishment of the Jewish state. Israel is fast becoming a regional economic power and one of the world’s leading technological powers. All the powers of creativity and genius in the Jewish people are bursting forth in every area: in science; in technology; in medicine; in the arts," Netanyahu continued.

"This great burst of creativity promises a great future for the Jewish people and for all mankind," he said.

Netanyahu stressed that the "double miracle" of Israel's existence, sovereignty and development was "a testament to the life-force of the Jewish people. It’s a testament to the deep wells of hope we carry inside us and to the deep connection that we have both to our past and to our future."

In an optimistic finish, the prime minister stated that "the two miracles that have already occurred are only the beginning.  If we stand together, if we remain committed to our common destiny, there’s nothing we cannot achieve."

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