President Obama delivered his annual message on the Jewish New Year today, reflecting on the hardships of the previous year and reaffirming the U.S. commitment to Israel.
“As the high holidays begin, we look back on all the moments during the past year that give us reason to hope,” Obama said in a statement on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. ”Around the world, a new generation is reaching for their universal rights. Here in the United States, we’ve responded to our challenges by focusing on the things that really matter: friendship, family and community.
“But this last year was also one of hardship for people around the world. Too many of our friends and neighbors continue to struggle in the wake of a terrible economic recession. And beyond our borders, many of our closest allies, including the State of Israel, face the uncertainties of an unpredictable age,” he added.
Obama went on to echo his message to the United Nations last week that “peace is hard,” but that the United States remains steadfastly committed to Israel.
“My administration is doing everything we can to promote prosperity here at home and security and peace throughout the world, and that includes reaffirming our commitment to the State of Israel. While we cannot know all that the New Year will bring, we do know this: The United States will continue to stand with Israel, because the bond between our two nations is unshakable,” he said.
“As Jewish tradition teaches us, we may not complete the work, but that must never keep us from trying.”