President Rivlin addresses Egyptian National Day reception hosted by Egypt’s Ambassador to Israel
(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)
President Reuven Rivlin this evening (Thursday) addressed a reception hosted by Egypt’s Ambassador to Israel, H.E. Hazem Khairat and his wife, in honor of the Egyptian national day marking the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. Also attending was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mrs. Sara Netanyahu.
President Rivlin began in Arabic and said, “It is an honor for me that we are celebrating together Egypt's independence, 'Om El Donya, Mother of the World'. On my own behalf and on behalf of all the citizens of the State of Israel, we congratulate President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and the Egyptian people.”
“Human culture as we know it would not be the same without Egypt,” said the President in English, and added, “Egypt's greatness has not remained only in the past. To this day your country is a leading force in our region, and a truly positive one. As other countries in our region are torn by internal war and jihadi terror, Egypt stands out as a pillar of stability.” He stressed, “Now more than ever Egypt's leadership is indispensable in the Middle East.”
President Rivlin went on to speak of the importance of standing together in the face of the threat of terrorism. He said, “I send my own condolences, along with the condolences of all Israelis, to all those hurt and wounded, and to the families and friends of those who were killed by terror this year. May you know no more grief. Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with Egypt in its fight against terror. It is a struggle for the benefit of our entire region and for the benefit of humanity itself.”
On the importance of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, President Rivlin said, “It has been thirty seven years since Israel signed its peace treaty with Egypt. Ever since, Egypt has been a strategic partner: in security, commerce, and regional cooperation.” He added, “These past thirty seven years are the proof, of the importance and benefits of peace. I think that we should learn from this experience for the future, and I hope we can find the way to develop peace and stability in the entire region. The younger generations are looking for development and progress in hi-tech, science, and commerce. There are many economic projects that we can only develop in cooperation, and I hope that we can work together to carry out these projects for the benefit of all peoples. If we will succeed, I am sure that many more international players from our region and beyond will join us.”
He concluded by saying, “In this context I would like to recognize the personal commitment of President el-Sisi to peace, reconciliation, and stability. The State of Israel deeply appreciates this commitment and we hope to work together for its advancement.” He finished by adding in Arabic, “May God bless Egypt with happiness.”