A Tragic Day for Israel
NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2023 – Today, the world comes together in mourning, as Israel grapples with the shocking loss of hundreds of lives, more than a thousand injured, dozens kidnapped, and relentless rocket attacks targeting civilians. The ongoing terror attack, coupled with alleged war crimes by Iran’s proxy, Hamas, in southern Israel, marks an unprecedented and heinous assault that echoes war memories of fifty years past.
A Nation in Grief
In the face of this incomprehensible tragedy, Israel stands united in grief, offering heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and extending prayers and sympathy to all those affected by this merciless assault.
Resilience in the Face of Darkness
As Israel navigates these dark hours, the nation holds fast to its inalienable right to self-defense and safety. Simultaneously, it reiterates its unwavering commitment to peace and unity, refusing to be defined by acts of terror that aim to undermine its cherished values.
A Call for Unity
In these trying times, the call to unity reverberates across the nation, urging the community to support one another with unwavering strength and solidarity. It emphasizes the importance of remaining vigilant and not allowing political divisions to sow discord.
Global Support for Israel
Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, expressed gratitude to world leaders and American officials, including President Biden, Secretary Blinken, and the Biden Administration, for their immediate and steadfast support for Israel. Leaders from both parties in Congress, as well as American Mayors and Governors from both sides of the aisle, have joined this global call for solidarity.
Standing Ready for Support
With deep connections throughout the region, Lauder, as the President of the World Jewish Congress, stands ready to assist the Biden Administration and Israel’s allies in any way necessary during this crisis.
A Plea for Hostage Safety
Lauder calls on Israel’s newfound friends in the Middle East and partners in the Abraham Accords to advocate for the safety and immediate release of all hostages held by Hamas.
A Prayer for Resolution
In closing, Lauder prays for the memory of those lost to be a blessing, for the safe return of the kidnapped and injured, and for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to swiftly and victoriously resolve this conflict with minimal casualties.
As Israel faces this unprecedented crisis, leaders and communities worldwide stand in solidarity, united in their hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to the ongoing tragedy.