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As The President of the State of Israel I came here first and foremost to say on behalf of my people:  

“Toda”

“Thank You”.

Thank you President Obama, for being such a good friend.

Thank you AIPAC, for your dedication and excellence.

It is great to be here.

To be together. Strong and united.

I see old friends and new ones. I see many young faces. The future belongs to you. Israel loves you.

I am moved by your generous tribute.

 

I stand here, before you, a hopeful man. Proud to be Jewish, Proud to be Israeli, Proud to be there at the birth of Israel, Proud to have served it for 65 years, Proud of our alliance with the United States.

Israel, like America, was conceived as an idea, Born in defiance of history; Creating a new world by drawing on the values of the past and the innovations of the future.

Friends,

The restoration of Jewish statehood after two thousand years in exile - is a historic miracle.

We started as a doubt and wound up as a certainty. We had to fight six wars in six decades.

We did not lose one. We never will.

We can not afford it.We had to defend ourselves. Self-defense is our right and obligation.

With little land, water or resources, Israel grew tenfold in population. Fifty-fold in gross domestic product. Israel’s high-tech and innovation enriches the world its agriculture makes deserts green. Israel built new villages, new cities, new universities, new theatres and cultural centers. Our children are speaking the language of the prophets. Hebrew literature is flourishing. From a dispersed people we became a united democracy.

No day of war ever interrupted a day of Democracy.

Dear Friends,

Permit me a personal note.

Fate placed me in the eye of the storm. I was eleven years old when my beloved grandfather,

Rabbi Tzvi Melzer, accompanied me to the train-station on my way to Israel. He hugged me and whispered in my ear only three words,

“Shimon…. stay Jewish.”

Those were his last words to me.

I never saw him again.

In 1942, when the Nazis arrived to his village, they forced my Grandfather, together with the remaining Jews into the wooden synagogue and set it on fire.

No one survived.
Not one.

What remained was my Grandfather’s legacy, His last words to me “Stay Jewish.”

Dear Friends,

I was privileged to work with the father of our nation, my mentor, David Ben-Gurion. For me, Ben Gurion's great leadership with my Grandfather's legacy became my compass.

That compass is comprised of four core values:

Our moral code. Our pursuit of peace and security. Our quest for knowledge. Our alliance with America.

The moral code, the return to the Book and its values, enabled the Jewish people to survive, for four thousand years.

NOT because of quantity - Because of quality. Not due to thousands of guns – but due to Ten Commandments. We are guided by the call of our Prophets, to me it means:

To be just. To do justice. To never deny justice to others.

Dear Friends,

The pursuit of peace, for us, is not a passing opportunity it is a moral imperative. It is the tenet of our national security. To make peace, Israel must be strong. Let me assure you,

Israel is strong .

Dear Friends,

The Middle East is undergoing its greatest storm. With horrible bloodshed in Syria, where a tyrant is killing his people, killing children. I admire the courage of the Syrian people. We wish them peace and freedom. In spite of the storm, we have to reach out to the young generation in the Arab world, to those who strive for freedom, democracy and peace. The Palestinians are our neighbors for life. Peace can and must be achieved. A peace based on

A Two State Solution

A Jewish state - Israel,

An Arab state - Palestine. 

It was accepted by past and present Israeli Prime ministers and American presidents: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The principle of "The Two State" solution

is a paramount Israeli interest.

We want to preserve an Israel that is Jewish, democratic and attractive. I meet from time to time with President Abbas and PM Fayyad. They need and want peace.

I believe that peace is possible.

They are our partners for peace. Not Hamas.

A peace that is a dream for both of us, is a nightmare for the Ayatollahs in Iran. Iran is an evil, cruel, morally corrupt regime. It is based on destruction. and is an affront to human dignity. Iran is the center. The sponsor. The financer of world terror. Iran is a danger to the entire world. It threatens Berlin as well as Madrid, Delhi as well as Bangkok.

Not just Israel.

Iran’s ambition is to control the Middle East, so it can control a major part of the world’s economy.

It must be stopped.

And it will be stopped.

Israel experienced the horrors of war. It does not seek it. Peace is always our first option,

But, if we are forced to fight, trust me…. We shall prevail.

President Obama is leading and implementing, an international complex and decisive policy, imposing economic and political sanctions against Iran. President Obama made it clear that the US will not permit Iran to become nuclear.

That containment is not a sustainable policy, all options are on the table.

The United States and Israel share the same goal - to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon . There is NO space between us.

Our message is clear:

Iran will not develop a nuclear weapon.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The quest for knowledge defines Jewish history. Judaism is a constant debate.

It is about asking the right questions. It is about being a liberal and pluralistic society.
I believe, Jews are never satisfied because they are always seeking new answers.

A better tomorrow, Tikun Olam.

I believe that the next decade will be the most scientific, the most dramatic chapter in human history. It will expose possibilities that today sound like science fiction.

Its center will be brain research.

The more we shall know about ourselves, the more we shall be ableto control ourselves.

In a global world without a global government self-control is vital.

Friends,

In a world of science and knowledge the Jewish people and Israel have an exciting role to play.

Much to contribute.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, members of Congress,

America was, is, and will remain:

The Indispensable leader of the free world.

The Indispensable friend

of our poeple.

Today more than ever,

The world needs America.

I have had the privilege to meet all American Presidents in the last fifty years,

Democrats and Republicans.

I was strongly impressed by their deep commitment. Their care for Israel.

That commitment was and is bipartisan.

Mr. President,

Members of the administration,

members of congress on both side of the aisle

We are forever grateful for your unwavering support of the unbreakable alliance between the US and Israel.

I first met President Barack Obama, our great friend, when he was a Senator from Illinois.

I saw before me a born leader.

His care and devotion to Israel's security were evident.

Mr. President,

I know your commitment to Israel is deep and profound.

Under your leadership, security cooperation between the US and Israel has reached its highest level.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have a friend in the White House.

He reflects the values that make America great and make Israel secure.

Thank you President Obama on behalf of my people.

Soon I will return home. Great challenges and promising opportunities await us. Thanks to your love and commitment and America’s great friendship. I return home, much more hopeful Much more encouraged.

Thank you very much,  

God Bless America,

God Bless Israel.

Shalom.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Wednesday, 19 July 2017), held a series of bilateral meetings with the heads of government of the Visegard Group: Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. (Prime Minister Netanyahu met yesterday with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.)

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The EU Delegation in Israel and the Municipality of Tel-Aviv-Yafo presented:  Performance Europa!
Urban celebration of live performances and interactive installations
Tel Aviv’s White Night ,Rothschild 1 Plaza, 29 June 

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Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

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09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

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