September 18, 2009 10:26:43 am
US President Barack Obama has vowed to work for lasting peace and security of Israel.
“Let us work to achieve lasting peace and security for the state of Israel,so that the Jewish state is fully accepted by its neighbours,and its children can live their dreams free from fear,” Obama said in his message on the occasion of ‘Rosh Hashanah’,the Jewish New Year.
“That is why my administration is actively pursuing the lasting peace that has eluded Israel and its Arab neighbours for so long,” Obama said.
“Let us reject the impulse to harden ourselves to others’ suffering,and instead make a habit of empathy of recognizing ourselves in each other and extending our compassion to those in need,” Obama said.
Yom Kippur,observed ten days later,stands as a day of reflection and repentance,Obama said,adding that the sacred time provides not just an opportunity for individual renewal and reconciliation,but for families,communities and even nations to heal old divisions and build a better world.
“Let us rededicate ourselves to that work,” Obama said and urged people to resist prejudice,intolerance,and indifference and stand up strongly to the scourge of anti-semitism,”which is still prevalent in far too many corners of our world”.
“Let us work to extend the rights and freedoms so many of us enjoy to all the world’s citizens to speak and worship freely; to live free from violence and oppression; to make of our lives what we will,” he said.
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