A premier Yom Ha’atzmaut

April 29, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Premiers of Victoria and New South Wales have sent messages to their res[ective Jewish communities for Yom Ha’atzmaut as Israel’s celebrates its 72nd birthday since independence.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews toasts Israel

Premier Daniel Andrews said: “I’d like to send my very best wishes to all Victorians celebrating Israel’s 72nd Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Over the past 72 years, modern Israel has forged a brilliant and strong democracy – one that has led the world in innovation, business and academia.

I know that in years past, today would have been an occasion for large community celebrations – but this year must be different.

I’d like to thank you for staying at home and playing your part in keeping our state safe.

Mazeltov on this milestone and may Israel’s future be filled with peace and prosperity.”

In Sydney Premier Gladys Berejiklian sadly had to cancel this month’s trip to Israel.

In a message to the community, she said: “It is a pleasure to offer greetings to everyone in NSW celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut or Israel’s Independence Day

Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Israel’s enduring relationship with our state would not have been possible without the leadership and significant contributions of our Jewish community in NSW.

This is particularly notable recently in the proactive and efforts of the Jewish community to support our communities in limiting the spread of COVID-19,

Earlier this year, it was a privilege to meet the President of the State of Israel, His Excellency Mr Reuven Rivlin, during his visit to Australia.

As Premier of NSW, I was honoured that President Rivlin expressed his appreciation for the NSW Government’s support for the fight against anti-Semitism and for Holocaust remembrance. His Excellency also remarked on the warmth  of our relations with the Jewish community,

I am greatly disappointed that my official visit to Israel scheduled for April 2020 had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward to undertaking this trade mission once it is safe to do so.

I offer my best wished to those marking Yom  Ha’atzmaut and thank the Jewish community for their support for our peaceful multicultural society.

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