Photo Credit: Courtesy the Knesset
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein addresses the French Senate

Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein (Likud) on Wednesday addressed the French Senate as part of his official visit to Paris. In his speech, Speaker Edelstein noted that this week has been “historic” and “very special” for the State of Israel and for Jerusalem.

“On Sunday we celebrated 51 years since the unification of [Jerusalem] under Israeli sovereignty, and on Monday the celebration intensified with the relocation of the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, the significance of which is unequivocal: Jerusalem, and Jerusalem alone, is the eternal capital of the State of Israel and the Jewish People.”

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“If the French flag will be raised in Israel’s capital, this would be equivalent to taking a strong stance in support of historic justice and moral ethics,” Speaker Edelstein continued, “It would be a badge of honor for Israel and a badge of honor for the friendship between us.”

Edelstein noted that the State of Israel is becoming a global leader in innovation, changing the daily lives of citizens in the entire world.

“The answers may be found in the bible,” he said. “The words written therein are very ancient. But the ideas are some of the most innovative and revolutionary that were ever written. At a time when everyone believed that the fate of every person and nation is predestined – the bible heralded the revolutionary notion of free choice, the belief that we can repair the world – and the obligation to join the effort.”

“We did not attain our achievements alone. For hundreds of years French Jewry made a significant contribution to the Republic, which was the first country in the world to grant them full equal rights. In recent years commendable progress has also been demonstrated in the economic collaboration between our countries. More and more Israeli companies are beginning to take an interest in the French market; more and more French companies see Israel as a true ally. We live in a world in which the person who dares and innovates – wins. Jewish history and French history abound with daring and innovations. These are vital components of our national DNA,” Edelstein said.

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