President of Israel greets the Muslim citizens of Israel for...

President of Israel greets the Muslim citizens of Israel for Eid El-Fitr

July 30, 2014

In one of his very first public statements as Israel's newly sworn President, Reuven Rivlin published a greeting (in Hebrew and Arabic), for Eid El-Fitr. The greeting, which was shared by hundreds of people, reads:


"As the Month of Ramadan ends, the Month of Shawwal begins and Eid El Fitr is celebrated, I send you my holiday greeting. Eid El Fitr is a holiday of joy, prayer and reconciliation among family, between friends and between partners.

The sons of Abraham, Yitzhak and Yaakov are measured by their ability to each respect the faith of the other also in difficult times, and even in such bloody days. In the shadow of these days, I am strengthened in my belief that building trust, not only between leaders but also between the peoples living here, is a necessary condition to our ability to base a life of hope and a joint future. Founding such trust requires listening, ongoing dialogue and mutual understanding. We, the sons of Abraham, should live with the understanding that we are not doomed to live together, but rather we are destined to live together.

Looking forward to days of dialogue and understanding, between a person and a person, and between a people and a people. May we all learn from the qualities of God "Al A'afour Al Rahim" – the most forgiving and the most merciful.

Id Mubarak, Happy Holiday."

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