Thursday, 26 April 2012

64th anniversary of Israel's independence!

In Ottawa, Ontario, Prime Minister Stephen Harper on April 25, 2012 issued the following statement to mark Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day) celebrations:
"On this special day, I would like to extend warm wishes to those celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut in Canada, in Israel and around the world. “On this anniversary, we remember all that Israel and its citizens overcame to achieve statehood and we celebrate all that it has accomplished in the past six decades. “As I said to Prime Minister Netanyahu during his visit to Canada last month, our Government recognizes it is an especially challenging time in the Middle East. Israel can rest assured that we will uphold its right to exist as an independent Jewish state as we continue in our efforts to promote peace and security in the region.
“Once again, Happy Independence Day!”


                     dear readers, considering continuing security threats Israel faces, Shimon  

Peres is quoted to have said at Yom Ha’atzmaut: "To those who are now threatening Israel I say: Don't repeat the mistakes of your predecessors." "You threaten out of a hunger for conquest. We defend out of an aspiration for peace. That wars, which Israel did not initiate, brought it unexpected gains, causing the aggressors unexpected losses."

Has the time come for young Palestinians, young Egyptians, young Syrians, young Iranians 

and young Israelis to commit to living peacefully together and turn their backs on those who won't?

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