Nearly seven decades ago, Israel was formed in a precarious situation and was quickly embroiled in wars for its very survival. But today, they are a world leader in agriculture, technology, and military might. In honor of Israeli Independence Day celebrating 69 years of the renewed nation of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that the Jewish State’s rising from humble origins to greatness isn’t just for Jews, but for the whole world.
“Our story is a story of hope, not just for the Jewish people, but for all of humanity,” said Netanyahu in comments released by his office. “We persevered through adversity against all odds. Anyone fighting for a just cause, fighting against seemingly insurmountable odds, could draw inspiration from our story.”
In 1948, the nascent State of Israel was quickly attacked by numerous Arab nations—including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Syria—part of a series of wars and terror campaigns aimed at destroying the Jewish State, and all of which have so far failed.
“Many doubted that this tiny State of Israel would survive. We were surrounded by hostile enemies, who attacked us again and again. So perhaps, for some, this skepticism was warranted. But survive we did,” said Netanyahu. “Much more than that. We thrived.”
Israel’s Independence Day celebrates the history of the restoration of the Jewish homeland. But Netanyahu believes his nation has a bright future as well.
Said the Israeli leader, “We had been scattered around the world for millennia. And then we returned to our ancient homeland, to build a safe haven, where we could live, and thrive… Today Israel is strong, democratic, prosperous. And I have no doubt that in the coming 69 years, Israel will continue to thrive, be strong and prosperous.”
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, April 30, 2017)