Watch – PM Netanyahu wishes Israel a happy Passover
Citizens of Israel, Jewish brothers and sisters around the world,
Each year at the Seder table, I am deeply moved. Passover touches upon the roots of our national identity. Thousands of years ago we raised the banner of freedom and liberty. We went from slavery to freedom, from subjugation to independence. We began our long journey from Egypt to our home—Zion, and Jerusalem.
The incredible story of our people has no parallel. Even in bitter exile, under unbearable conditions, we maintained our unique identity. We did not surrender. We kept our faith. Generation after generation we read in the Haggadah, Next year in Jerusalem. We held on to our hope. And that hope, my friends, became a reality!
We resettled the land of our forefathers. We established a democratic, free and vibrant country – one with incredible achievements by any standard. We are persistently and systematically turning Israel into a rising global power, a country admired by many other countries, including in the Arab and Muslim world.
At the same time, we stand strong against those who wish to harm us. In every generation, they rise against us to destroy us, true, yet thanks to the IDF and our security forces, and of course, with the help of God, we defend ourselves decisively against our enemies. As the power of Spring rushes in, so too does the immense strength concealed within us become clear to all. The State of Israel radiates a great light.
On Passover, we will be proud of our heritage. We will bolster the unity among us. We will go into blooming nature and travel throughout our land.
I wish you all, from the bottom of my heart, a kosher Passover.
I wish you all, from the bottom of my heart, a happy Passover.