Voice of Israel

Voice of Israel

Voice of Israel

Voice of Israel

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Each year the anniversary of Israel's freedom stirs the hearts of multitudes throughout the world. Nowhere beyond our borders does this festival evoke a deeper sentiment than amongst the American people, which was first to sustain us in our solitude and peril at the moment of our birth.

The hour of history which we commemorate tonight is only eight years old. But who can doubt its eminence amongst the authentic moments of climax in human history? For this was an hour which re-established the identity of a people; inaugurated the transformation of a land; released the youthful vigor of an ancient culture; opened gates of hope and freedom to hundreds of thousands in distant lands; brought consolation to a people at the moment of its unfathomable grief; gave the community of nations a new dimension, a new link with its oldest spiritual roots.

Nobody who lived that hour will ever forget its mingled sentiment. Israel was no sooner born than her very survival was imperiled. The gust of universal joy which swept the House of Israel and moved men of generous heart in every land, was attended, also, by anguish and suspense. High opportunity and deadly danger, supreme ecstasy and icy fear, came together in that moment side by side. As the specter of destruction hov-

TO THE AMERICA-ISRAEL SOCIETY, WASHINGTON, APRIL 17, 1956 . . .

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