Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett this week said it’s not the shared moral and democratic values that bind America and the Jewish state in everlasting friendship. It’s the Bible.
Speaking at the US Embassy in Jerusalem on the occasion of America’s 245th Independence Day, Bennett stated:
“Anyone who has read American history knows that the revolutionary ideas expressed by America’s founding fathers sprung from their faith in and deep understanding of the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh. They were very learned, and they founded America on the very principles of the Bible. They saw the Bible’s insights into human nature, civic virtue, social order and political authority as essential to the establishment of this new great nation, America.
“Likewise, it was the vision of our ancient prophets that the scattered exiles of Zion would one day return to the Land of Israel. …It is the depth of these shared ideals and shared identity that bind our nations together in an unbreakable bond.’
Naftali Bennett was born in Israel, but both of his parents had made Aliyah from the US, and the prime minister spent a goodly portion of his childhood in America and Canada. Like Benjamin Netanyahu before him, not only is Bennett fully fluent in English, he has a deep understanding of and appreciation for the United States.