Herzog says Maccabiah is ‘a special moment of togetherness’ for Jews around the world

US President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up as he stands behind a glass partition with President Isaac Herzog, left, and Prime Minister Yair Lapid during the opening ceremonies of the Maccabiah Games at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, July 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Joe Biden gives a thumbs up as he stands behind a glass partition with President Isaac Herzog, left, and Prime Minister Yair Lapid during the opening ceremonies of the Maccabiah Games at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, July 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Isaac Herzog welcomes the participants of the 21st Maccabiah Games at the opening ceremony in Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium.

“Dear athletes, Jewish sisters and brothers from all over the world, welcome to the 21st Maccabiah Games,” Herzog says. “Welcome to Israel, your home away from home. We welcome your beloved families and friends who cheered you on and supported you.”

Thanking US President Joe Biden, who spoke before him, Herzog calls the opening of the “Jewish Olympics” a “day of celebration for the State of Israel and the whole Jewish People, a special moment of togetherness. A moment that embodies the shared values in which we believe: Zionism and excellence, faith and hope, solidarity and coming closer together.”

“You have come here from dozens of countries but you represent one single, special people: the Jewish People, the People of Israel,” he adds. “Dear athletes, the citizens of Israel are thrilled to see you all here, strong in body and mighty in spirit. Our land is your land. Our home is your home. My wish for you: win loads of medals, and smash loads of records. Good luck!”

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