Friday, March 22, 2013

Obama Ends Israel Trip With Symbolic Stops

President Visits Herzl's Grave and Holocaust Memorial

"Here on your ancient land, let it be said for all the world to hear, the State of Israel does not exist because of the Holocaust, but with the survival of a strong Jewish state of Israel, such a holocaust will never happen again." 
President Barack Obama, Speaking at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

CBS News reports:

Wrapping up a three day visit to Israel, President Obama paid respects to its heroes and to victims of the Holocaust, solemnly reaffirming the Jewish state's right to exist. 
Accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, Obama laid wreaths at the graves of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism who died in 1904 before realizing his dream of a Jewish homeland, and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995. 
He also toured the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, declaring after that the memorial illustrates the depravity to which man can sink but also serves as a reminder of the "righteous among nations who refused to be bystanders."

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