Peres: Israel Still Under Threat, We´ll Continue to Seek Peace (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/25/12)
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President Shimon Peres said on Tuesday that, 64 years after it was
established, Israel still has enemies who seek its destruction.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in honor of Memorial Day at the
Western Wall plaza, Peres said, “Israel was born out of a big dream
and it has built a reality that has exceeded the size of the dream.
But still we must build and defend Israel. I dream of being able to
just be a man of good news, I wish I could come here and tell you
that the hatred towards our country has ceased. That our enemies have
been defeated, that we will live only in peace, now and forever. But,
unfortunately, we haven’t yet reached this.
“The State of Israel, that your children have paid the highest and
most painful price for its creation, existence and security, its
existence is certain. But its well-being is still under threat. There
are those who lurking and wait for it,” Peres added.
Directly addressing the bereaved families, Peres said, “We will
always owe your children. And ours. No act or gesture on our part can
be a cure for your endless pain. The sleepless nights, the tears at
the corner of the eye, the memories that won’t let go.”
He concluded by expressing his hope that “in the coming year, we will
be able to defend ourselves and stand united and strong. We will
continue to look for a way to bring peace to Israel.”
Memorial Day for Israel´s fallen soldiers and victims of terror
officially began at 20:00 local time when the siren at the Western
Wall sounded for one minute of silent remembrance.
The number who have fallen due to racial violence, war and terror in
Israel since the First Aliya in 1860 presently stands at 22,993.
During its War of Independence the Jewish state lost 6,373 of its
people, about 1% of its population, in the war. Of those 2477 were
civilians. Some 120 foreign nationals, tourists, and workers were
also killed during Israel´s War of Independence.
Last year, 15 Israelis were killed in hostilities. A total of 126
soldiers died while on active duty with the IDF during 2011, as well.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/25/12)
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