“The people of Israel have come home, never to be uprooted again.”
With these twelve words, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded his address at the United Nations on Tuesday. For the citizens of Israel, his words are worth repeating. For diaspora Jews around the world, his words are worth repeating. For non Jews – friend and foe alike, his words are worth repeating. For those unable to hear his thirty three minute address to the General Assembly, and for those of us who heard it in its entirety, his words are worth repeating. Most of all, to honor the memory of Mr. Netanyahu’s grandfather, whom he referred to in his speech, a victim of brutal, European anti-Semitism, who vowed to move his family to the Holyland – never again to face the atrocities of life as a Jew, his words are worth repeating.
Transcripts of the speech are available. We all need to be encouraged and inspired by Mr. Netanyahu’s pride and strength and dignity. His words must (yes, must) be repeated.
“They shall rebuild ruined cities and inhabit them. They shall plant vineyards and drink their wine. They shall till gardens and eat their fruit. And I will plant upon them their soil never to be uprooted again.” (Amos 8:11-12)
Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. Thank you for reminding us, by your own good example, never to forget the past, to stay strong in the present, and to be optimistic for the future. Kol Hakavod!