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President puts out English video with multiple subtitles

‘Israel is your home away from home’: Herzog sends holiday wishes to Diaspora

At a diplomatic toast for Rosh Hashanah, Herzog urges foreign envoys to boycott upcoming ‘Durban IV’ conference at UN

Amy Spiro is a reporter and writer with The Times of Israel.

President Isaac Herzog issued a special greeting to Diaspora Jewry ahead of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year — with subtitles in six languages.

“Dear friends, as we approach the new year, 5782, I would like to extend my warmest wishes on behalf of the State of Israel and its people for a Shanah Tovah, Happy New Year, to you and your loved ones,” the president said in the video in English.

It was also available with French, Spanish, Russian, German and Portuguese subtitles.

“On this Rosh Hashanah, and as we are heading into Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, I will be praying for the well-being of my immediate family as well as my extended family: the people of Israel and the Jewish People at large,” added Herzog.

In concluding his comments, the president told Diaspora Jews around the world that “Israel is your home away from home — and we are all looking forward to seeing you in our beloved country.”

The holiday will be held next week, September 6-8.

Also on Thursday, Herzog hosted a Rosh Hashanah toast for the foreign diplomatic corps, hosting approximately 100 ambassadors at the president’s residence in Jerusalem.

President Isaac Herzog (center), his wife, Michal, and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, hold a toast ahead of the Jewish New Year for diplomatic corps, on September 2, 2021 in Jerusalem. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Herzog urged the gathered envoys not to attend the upcoming Durban IV anti-racism conference, a United Nations-sponsored gathering marking the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration, which singled out Israel and accused it of racist behavior.

Multiple countries have already declared their intent to boycott the event, slated for September 22 in New York, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany and France.

“Antisemitism is rearing its ugly head, and we find ourselves facing this ancient hate, which should itself have turned into a ‘fossilized relic’ long ago,” Herzog said of the event.

“Instead the United Nations is summoning another ‘Durban conference’ which will surely be another hate-fest full of antisemitism and Israel-bashing. I call on all your nations and governments to publicly denounce this conference and not participate in it.”

President Isaac Herzog addresses the foreign diplomatic corps at the president’s residence in Jerusalem, on September 2, 2021. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

In the presence of envoys from Bahrain and Morocco, Herzog praised the Abraham Accords, and said that Israel is always looking for more partners in peace.

“A core theme of the Jewish New Year is the ability afforded to each of us to choose between good and evil, between a sweet new year and a bitter one,” the president said.

“In the coming year, the Middle East will face these two alternatives, of good or evil. The first choice, represented by the courageous leaders of the countries of the Abraham Accords, is the path of peace, of people-to-people ties, and of cooperation.

“The State of Israel will always be a willing partner for all countries in the region that choose the path of peace.”

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