A Celebration of Unity and Resolve: Israel’s Leadership on Jerusalem Day

Thursday evening witnessed a beautiful convergence of Israel’s finest at the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem. This meeting marked the annual Jerusalem Day celebrations and was held in the heart of one of Israel’s oldest and most respected religious Zionist yeshivas.

These celebrations included a deeply moving evening prayer for Jerusalem’s liberation and its reunification, which occurred 56 years ago. This prayer was followed by speeches honoring the capital of Israel, delivered by several distinguished speakers. The audience comprised the vibrant student body of the yeshiva and an array of national leaders.

Among these attendees were Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, Chief Rabbis David Lau and Yitzchak Yosef, Rabbi Dov Lior, city Chief Rabbis, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, Economy Minister Nir Barkat, Jerusalem Affairs Minister Meir Porush, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, and many other notable figures. Renowned singer Avraham Fried, accompanied by Israeli clarinetist Mousa Berlin, also graced the event with a musical performance.

One of the most heartfelt moments of the event was when Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, the head of the yeshiva, addressed Prime Minister Netanyahu, encouraging him to continue safeguarding Israel’s security, traditions, and Jewish identity. Rabbi Leo Dee, who tragically lost his wife and two daughters in the Jordan Valley, was invited to present a framed gift to the Prime Minister – a poignant eulogy of Rabbi Natan Millikovsky, Netanyahu’s grandfather, written by Rabbi Kook.

Netanyahu welcomed with applause and song, and expressed his joy at being part of this celebration, “This special meeting has been missing for me and my wife Sara in recent years and we are so happy to be here with you again on the occasion of the holiday of our capital.” He also emphasized the importance of Jerusalem Day, stating, “Being here on Jerusalem’s holiday is a special celebration.”

Reflecting on recent challenges, Netanyahu addressed the resilience of the Israeli people. He said, “The thousands of Israeli flags that were flown in it are the answer to the terrorist organizations. You will not defeat us and you will not frighten us. Anyone who tries to harm us will pay the full price. His blood be on his own head.”

Directing his attention to the coalition members, he emphasized the strength of their unity, saying, “We do not have and will not have a better government, a national government, a strong government, that cares for the heritage of Israel, for the settlement in the Land of Israel, for the people of Israel and the future of Israel.”

As we conclude, let’s reflect on the values the State of Israel embodies. This Jerusalem Day celebration exemplifies the spirit of unity, resilience, and the enduring commitment to the land and people of Israel that serves as our driving force. Despite the varying viewpoints, the ultimate goal remains constant – the prosperity and security of the Jewish nation. Let’s continue to cherish and uphold these principles as we navigate our future together, forever united with Israel.