Shimon Peres made a profound impact on Israel, and the entire world, during his 93 years. As tributes to his legacy are being shared around the globe in the wake of his passing – moving words about his tireless efforts to promote the Jewish state and the hope of peace – we remember some of his own inspiring words, spoken at his presidential inaugural speech to the Knesset (Israeli parliament). And we pray for the fruition of his dream.
“My years place me at an observation point from which the scene of our life as a reviving nation is seen, spread out in all its glory. It is true that in the picture[,] stains also appear. It is true that we have gone astray and have erred — but please believe me, there is no room for melancholy. The outstanding achievements of Israel in its 60 years, together with the courage, wisdom and creativity of our young generation, give birth to one clear conclusion: Israel has the strength to reach great prosperity and to become an exemplary state as commanded us by our prophets.
“Permit me to remain an optimist. Permit me to be a dreamer of his people. Permit me to present the sunny side of our state. And also, if sometimes the atmosphere is autumnal, and also if today, the day seems suddenly gray, the president whom you have chosen will never tire of encouraging, awakening and reminding — because spring is waiting for us at the threshold. The spring will definitely come.”