JERUSALEM (JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu in a message to Diaspora communities said that "Israel Independence Day celebrates a double miracle in the life of the Jewish people."
"The first miracle is the restoration of Jewish sovereignty," the Israeli prime minister said in a message released Sunday, ahead of Israel’s observances of Memorial Day and Independence Day. "There is no other example that I know of in the history of nations in which a scattered people, practically left for dead, has been able to reassert its national life." Netanyahu can be seen delivering the address on YouTube,
"The second miracle is what we’ve done since the establishment of the Jewish state. Israel is fast becoming a regional economic power and one of the world’s leading technological powers. All the powers of creativity and genius in the Jewish people are bursting forth in every area: in science; in technology; in medicine; in the arts. This incredible burst of creativity promises a great future for the Jewish people and for all mankind."
Netanyahu went on to say that "The two miracles that have already occurred are only the beginning. If we stand together, if we remain committed to our common destiny, there’s nothing we cannot achieve."