‘Israel, US are bastions of liberty defending our civilization’

‘Israel, US are bastions of liberty defending our civilization’, Israel Hayom, July 4, 2017

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks at the Independence Day event, Monday | Photo credit: Reuters

Netanyahu called the festivities “a celebration of freedom and independence. It’s a celebration of this most remarkable country, the United States of America. … Israel and America are two bastions of liberty defending our common civilization.”

Rivlin also spoke at the event and said that “for many of us in Israel, this is the holiday of democracy.”

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Rivlin attended Fourth of July celebrations at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in Herzliya on Monday. IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and a number of lawmakers were also in attendance at the festivities.

Speaking at the event, Friedman said the spirit of the festivities was the spirit of “patriotic Americans committed to increasing the ties and enhancing the relationship between the United States and the State of Israel.”

“Our collective core, what fundamentally unites us, is that we are the two shining cities on a hill drawn together by a shared history, shared values, and I believe a shared destiny of continued greatness,” he said.

“On behalf of all of us here, we pray that God should bless the United States of America on its 241st birthday, that God should bless the State of Israel and that God should bless the unbreakable bond between the two countries.”

Netanyahu called the festivities “a celebration of freedom and independence. It’s a celebration of this most remarkable country, the United States of America. … Israel and America are two bastions of liberty defending our common civilization.”

Netanyahu also took the opportunity to voice his commitment “to making every Jew feel at home at Israel, including at the Kotel [the Western Wall]. … All we need is patience and perseverance. Patience, perseverance and courage is what the founders of America had in abundance.”

Rivlin also spoke at the event and said that “for many of us in Israel, this is the holiday of democracy.”

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