|Tuesday, July 3, 2012|
|[With video]Greeting by PM Netanyahu for the 4th of July|
Greeting by PM Netanyahu for the 4th of July
Ambassador Shapiro, Dan and Julie,
I'm really thrilled each year to see those wonderful drills that you do with
But I got hurt playing football.
No, not the football with helmets, shoulder pads and the funny shaped ball.
Well, I was playing a different kind of football. What Americans call
But I wanted to express my appreciation to you, Dan, for the wonderful job
And Sara and I also wanted to wish you and Julie a Mazal Tov on the Bat
Even though I can't be there in person, I wanted to express my appreciation
You see, because as Israel's Prime Minister, I appreciate deeply all that
And as the leader of one of the world's most vibrant democracies – you know
America's revolution was founded on two very powerful ideas.
First, that people should have the right to elect their own leaders and be
And Second, that the power of those leaders, the power of governments, must
I'm always moved, no matter how many years pass, I'm always moved when I
"We hold these truths to be self-evident.
The American Revolution brought these two powerful ideas together and they
Now, you know that the Middle East is undergoing a profound and historic
All those who value freedom should remember that to be a real democracy, it
Real democracy also means having a government that respects the rights of
Real democracy is not merely about holding popular elections.
It is about what happens between elections.
It means ensuring that no one is above the law.
It means protecting free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion.
It means upholding the rights of women, minorities, gays, children,
By ensuring both popular sovereignty and individual rights, the nations of
Now, will this happen?
In the near term, I think we'll all agree, there's ample reason for
The forces currently throughout the region that are rising are not
But in the long term, in the long term I believe there's reason for hope.
Because with the spread of information technology, it will become
Ultimately, the power of freedom is bound to prevail.
Ultimately, people throughout the Middle East will enjoy the rights that we
Ladies and Gentlemen,
July 4th is a time to not take freedom for granted.
It's a time to be thankful that history granted America the power to match
It's a time for free people everywhere to send their best wishes to the
So on behalf of the people of Israel, let me wish President Obama and all
Or as they say in small towns across America: Chag Sameach.
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