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Rosh Hashanah message from Ariel Sharon

Dear Friends,From Jerusalem, the eternal and undivided capital of the Jewish people, I send you my warmest greetings for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.The past year has been one of many challenges for the State of Israel. Though we are fighting a war imposed upon us, we refuse to surrender our hope for eventual peace with our neighbors, thus insisting that terrorism and incitement be stopped before negotiations can ultimately commence. And yet, as we enter the year 5763, I am certain that your unwavering solidarity with the people of Israel will enable us to overcome all obstacles that lie ahead.This is the time for all Jews to unite. As we defend our home, our birthright and our very existence, this is the time for you to come to Israel. We share a mutual responsibility to stand together, and Israel needs your support now. In our common struggle for democracy and freedom, the terrorists who threaten our way of life must be defeated. Still, we must never forget that Israel is the only place in the world where Jews have the right and the capability to defend themselves by themselves. This right and capability must be preserved to guarantee the survival, security and birthright of Jews everywhere.On this Rosh Hashanah, I pray that the coming year will bring the blessing of peace with security. I am confident that, in unity, we can realize all our hopes and dreams.Ariel Sharon