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Peres:

“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.”

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