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October 2, 2016 11:11 am

Netanyahu: ‘Shimon Peres Would Want Us to Celebrate Rosh Hashanah This Year by Looking Back With Pride, Looking Forward With Hope’

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo Walla/Screenshot.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo Walla/Screenshot.

Ahead of the Jewish new year that begins Sunday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a greeting that invoked the late elder statesman Shimon Peres, whose funeral on Friday was attended by dignitaries from all corners of the globe.

“Shimon was a man of vision and optimism,” Netanyahu said in a video published on his Facebook page. “And I think Shimon would want us to celebrate Rosh Hashanah this year by looking back with pride and looking forward with hope.”

Netanyahu also called the Jewish New Year “a time for celebration, a time for reflection.”

“Israel has much to be proud of,” he said. “Our democracy is thriving. Our economy is growing. Our relations around the world are getting stronger.”

He continued:

As Shimon was, I am extremely hopeful about our future.

Israel will continue working for peace.

We’ll continue expanding opportunity for all our citizens.

We’ll continue to be a beacon of light and freedom in a dark and repressive region.

On this Rosh Hashanah, I ask Jews around the world to remain hopeful and continue pursuing justice and truth.

This is the story of the Jewish people.

This is the story of the State of Israel.

Shana tovah to all of you.

Watch the prime minister’s full holiday greeting below:

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  • Peter

    And the same to you and all of Israel!!!

  • Will the Vatican cede its territory to the Muslims?
    The answer is absolutely not.
    Why is the Vatican pressing Israel to surrender its Jewish holy sites which precedes the Christians sites to the Muslims?
    Why the lack of outcry? The Arabs/Muslims after terrorizing and expelling millions of Jews from their countries and now there is very little Jews or no Jews at all. The Arabs/Muslims are persecuting and forcing all Christians to leave the Arab/Muslim countries.
    It is amazing the muted outcry by the Christian community for such despicable behavior by the Arabs/Muslims against the millions upon millions of Christians. It seems the Vatican has no power or will to protest vehemently of such treatment. Why are they not taking a much more forceful action to stop such horrific treatment of Christians by the Muslims?

    YJ Draiman

  • artist

    There will be no hope if Hillary is elected….
    We have already seen, Jerusalem is not recognized as being in Eretz Yisrael….just the beginning.
    L’Shana Tovah, we can go forward in hope if we all do the right thing!

  • Reb_Yaakov

    “Ve’al cheit shechatanu lefanecha be’einayim ramot”
    “And we have sinned against You with proud eyes”