Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lit the torch at the celebration of Israel's 70th anniversary. And, The Times of Israel's Michael Bachner reports, Netanyahu lauded the Jewish state's essence of independence, while also calling his nation "a rising power":
“We’re turning Israel into a rising world power,” Netanyahu said at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem before lighting a torch on behalf of all the governments of Israel since the founding of the state...
Calling Israel’s current relationship with the United States a “historic one,” Netanyahu said, “Thank you, President Trump! Thank you America!”
Alluding to unprecedentedly bellicose rhetoric from Iran, the prime minister vowed that no one would “extinguish” Israel’s “light.”
“All the ancient peoples who were exiled from their lands vanished and scattered all over the place. Only we, the Jewish people, who were like a leaf blown away in the storm of exile, refused to disappear and remained faithful to Zion,” he said.
“In the year 70 AD the menorah went out, but today in Israel’s 70th anniversary, the menorah is our country’s symbol and its light is stronger than ever.”
Addressing enemies of Israel, Netanyahu proudly stated that “in another 70 years, you’ll find here a country that is many times stronger because what we’ve done until today is just the beginning!
“Today there are those who want to extinguish… the light in Zion. I promise you, this will not happen because our light will always overcome their darkness. We are as strong and determined as ever,” he declared to the crowd’s applause...