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At Yom Kippur, he says, “we celebrate the rebirth of Israel” each year. “We celebrate the marvel of the flourishing, modern Jewish state.

“In Israel we walk the same paths” as our patriarchs, “but we blaze new trails” in science, agriculture and more, he says.

He speaks of “a great battle” between modernity and medievalism, in which the dark forces, the medieval forces, celebrate death, while Israel stands for those who celebrate life. He hails Israel’s “exceptional creativity” and its response to disasters worldwide.”

He mentions losing both his father and father in law, in the past year. “In the same hospital wards where they were treated, he says, “Israeli doctors were treating Palestinian Arabs.”

“It’s because Israel cherishes life, that Israel cherishes peace” and seeks to maintain its ties with Egypt and Jordan and to attain peace with the Palestinians.

To Abbas he says: “We won’t solve our conflict with libelous speeches to the UN.” Rather, “we have to sit together” and negotiate a solution in which a demilitarized neighbor recognizes the Jewish state.

 

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