Prime Minister Bennett finishes his remarks before the media in the Oval Office by quoting the biblical prophet Isaiah. Biden quoted the same prophet in his remarks yesterday following the Kabul blast.
Bennett recites the passage first: “Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip,” he says in Hebrew.
He then quips as he prepares to explain it in English, “I can say anything now, right?”
But turning serious again, he says: “What this [passage] means is the sons and daughters of the Jewish people are going to come back to our land, are going to nurse our ancient land and rebuild it. And this ancient Jewish prophecy is today Israel’s reality. And it’s a miracle that you’ve been so central and so part of it for so many years,” Bennett says.
“So, Mr. President, today, you and I — and you’ve been so generous [with your time…] in these difficult days — you and I are going to write yet another chapter in the beautiful story of the friendship between our two nations, the United States of America and the Jewish and democratic State of Israel.
“Both of us who seek to do good and need to be strong. Both of us who are a lighthouse in a very, very stormy world,” he says.
“Thank you, Mr. President. I look forward to working with you now and for many years forward,” Bennett concludes.
Biden thanks him, and says much credit “should go to Barack Obama for making sure that we committed to that qualitative edge you would have relative to your friends in the region. So, he’s the one who deserves the credit [for that].”
“Thank him as well,” says Bennett.