JERUSALEM (Sep. 14)
Israel President Itzhak Ben Zvi today issued Rosh Hashanah greetings to all citizens of the Jewish State “regardless of religion and race and to all our brethren the world over.”
The statement, which reviewed the accomplishments of the past year and outlined tasks still facing the young state, noted that “our close neighbors have yet to learn their lesson nor have they reconciled themselves with the re-establishment of the State of Israel.” He noted with “satisfaction” that two important tasks had been realized: continuation of the conquest of the desert of the south and reclamation of the mountain region and the swampy areas of the north. “In the seven years of our existence there were added some 300 towns villages and settlements, and today they number 770,” the statement pointed out.
Elsewhere, he added, “our production has increased considerably. New housing schemes were put into effect, rail and road communications developed, and our sea and air fleets have grown. The tempo of immigration has gained momementum and nearly 40,000 of our brethren reached their fatherland during the year.” He praised the army and the corps of volunteer and paid teachers who are helping spread the Hebrew language and culture to the tens of thousands of new immigrants.
“We fervently hope for peace in the world, for with it will come peace to us all,” the President’s message continued. “I send special greetings to the Israel Defense forces, to the Israel police and to all our security forces in the villages and on the borders, that stand guard by day and by night, protecting the welfare of the state and its residents.”