Israel Political Brief September 14, 2012: Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Rosh Hashanah Statement

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STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA
ON ROSH HASHANAH

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on Rosh Hashanah:

“This weekend marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish New Year, signifying the time for a new beginning.“Rosh Hashanah is one of the most sacred days of the Jewish calendar. It is the first of the High Holy Days, a 10-day period of repentance in which the Jewish people around the world reflect on their faith, re-examine the past year and look to the year ahead.

“The Jewish community has greatly enriched our country, and this holy day presents an opportunity to acknowledge their invaluable contributions to all aspects of Canada’s society.

“To all those celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Laureen and I extend our warmest wishes for a healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

“L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu.”

Israel Political Brief September 14, 2012: Mitt Romney: Same ‘red line’ as President Barack Obama on Iran, but a different strategy

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Romney: Same ‘red line’ as Obama on Iran, but a different strategy

Source: JTA, 9-14-12

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney suggested that he had the same “red line” as President Obama on Iran but a different strategy to prevent the Islamic Republic from crossing it….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 14, 2012: US official: President Barack Obama did not agree to PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s red lines

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U.S. official: Obama did not agree to Netanyahu’s red lines

Source: JTA, 9-14-12

In their recent phone call U.S. President Barack Obama did not agree to automatic triggers for military action against Iran proposed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to an unnamed senior administration official quoted by The New York Times….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 14, 2012: Former officials: Israeli or U.S. strike would only delay Iran’s nuclear plans, could backfire

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Former officials: Israeli or U.S. strike would only delay Iran’s nuclear plans, could backfire

Source: JTA, 9-14-12

A group of former U.S. security officials said an Israeli or U.S. attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities may delay Iran’s nuclear program by two to four years….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 14, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran remarks unconnected to US Presidential elections

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Netanyahu says Iran remarks unconnected to U.S. elections

Source: JTA, 9-14-12

Benjamin Netanyahu said his perceived criticism of the White House policy on Iran did not constitute interference in the U.S. presidential elections….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 14, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Rosh Hoshanah Greeting

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President Obama’s Rosh Hoshanah Greeting

Source: WH, 9-13-12

As we look forward to the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays Sunday night, I want to extend my warmest wishes to all those celebrating the New Year.

This is a joyful time for millions of people around the world. But Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are also opportunities for reflection. They represent a chance to take stock of our lives and look forward to the coming year with clear eyes and renewed purpose.

In that spirit, the Jewish Tradition teaches us that one of the most important duties we have during this period is the act of reconciliation. We’re called to seek each other out and make amends for those moments when we may not have lived up to our values as well as we should.

At a time when our public discourse can too often seem harsh; when society too often focuses on what divides us instead of what unites us; I hope that Americans of all faiths can take this opportunity to reach out to those who are less fortunate; to be tolerant of our neighbors; and to recognize ourselves in one another. And as a nation, let us be mindful of those who are suffering, and renew the unbreakable bond we share with our friends and allies – including the State of Israel.

In that spirit, Michelle and I wish you and your families a sweet year full of health, happiness, and peace. L’Shana Tovah.

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