President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday morning told a delegation Jerusalem of 920 members of the Montreal Jewish Federation that Israel would not veer from its path as both a Jewish and a democratic state.
The delegation, led by Federation President Evan Feldman, is visiting Israel to mark the organization’s centenary, and to celebrate 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem. The meeting with the president was also attended by Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, Deborah Lyons.
President Rivlin congratulated all the participants and spoke of the strong bond between Israel and Canada, and of the important role the Jewish community played in that relationship.
“We are just a few days away, from celebrating a miracle, 50 years, of a united Jerusalem,” the President told the participants, “all of us – all the Jewish People – are partners in that joy. The connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem is a fact of history. Jews have lived in this city for 3,000 years. This is the city of King David, of King Solomon, of the First, and Second Temples. And in more recent times – there has been a Jewish majority in this city, for 150 years, since 1850.”
The President stressed that “today, the State of Israel, is a proud democracy, and I can assure you, there is no gap between Israel as a Jewish state and as a democratic state.”
“There is no gap and there will be no gap in the future,” he continued, “the State of Israel, is not just a place, it is an idea. The dream that the State of Israel, would be part of the lives of all Jews.”
The President thanked the Federation and its leaders for their dedication and support for Israel.