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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.”

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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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