Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Friday, 6 September 2013

"We Defy The Laws Of History ... We've Overcome Such Tremendous Odds": Bibi (video)

Here's Bibi Netanyahu in his Rosh Hashanah message to the Diaspora, talking about Israel's numerous and varied achievements, its status as "an oasis of democracy ... a beacon of stability and modernity," and its commitment to "a real, genuine and enduring peace" that must be "anchored in recognition of Israel as a Jewish State and on our security".  He does not overlook the regional challenges and external threats  facing Israel, of course: "No one should doubt our resolve ... Iran's nuclear programme must be stopped ..."

Hat tip: reader Jean

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