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Herzog’s Rosh Hashanah Message

President Chaim Herzog issued the following Rosh Hashanah message.

In the course of the past year Israel has signed a second formal agreement with an Arab country — namely, Lebanon. However, many problems continue to beset Israel — political military economic and social. We look forward to the coming year in the hope that, as in the past, so in the future, the common efforts of our people in the State of Israel, coupled with the efforts of the Jewish people, will enable us to overcome many of these problems.

Now, as never before, it is incumbent upon the Jewish people to close ranks and stand together. The ominous rise of anti-Semitism in different parts of the world, coupled with an increase in acts of violence and terror against Jewish persons and institutions, must sound an alarm in many Jewish communities.

The greatest danger facing our people, however, is not from our enemies, but from within our ranks. The Jewish people is being decimated by assimilation, which in many communities reaches catastrophic dimensions. There are only two effective measures to overcome this danger. The first is by strengthening and enlarging the Jewish educational system in every community. The second is by increased involvement on the part of the Jewish youth throughout the world in life in Israel, by studying here, visiting and spending vacations — all of which we hope will culminate in aliya.

I send special greetings to the members of our Jewish family who live under oppression and suffer from discrimination, who languish in prison and in exile, and who crave to join us in freedom. They are always in our thoughts.

I send my greetings on behalf of the people of Israel to the Jewish communities of the world from the eternal city of Jerusalem, confident in the knowledge that by common effort, the Jewish people throughout the world, will continue to prosper … and that Jewish communal and personal involvement with Israel will continue to grow and develop.

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