Rabbi Potasnik: “Good evening, everyone. And thank you so much for joining us for this incredible celebration. As we raise this flag to honor the 73rd anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, we do so with deep respect and admiration for the people of Israel and their rich history.
Throughout the centuries, the Jewish people have faced countless challenges and struggles. Yet, time and time again, they have shown incredible resilience and strength, and have made countless contributions to our world.
Here in New York City, we are proud to have the largest Jewish population outside of Israel, and to be home to so many incredible Jewish organizations and institutions. We are also proud of the deep and enduring bond that exists between our city and the State of Israel.
As mayor of this great city, I am committed to standing with Israel and the Jewish community in New York and beyond. I am committed to working together to combat anti-Semitism, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to build a better future for all of our people.
So let us raise this flag in solidarity with the people of Israel, and let us pledge to continue working together to build a brighter future for all of us. Thank you, and God bless you all.”
Eric Adams: Thank you so much. First, let me say thank you to Rabbi Potasnik for your friendship, your guidance, your wisdom, and your leadership. I cannot think of a more appropriate way to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut than with you, my friend. And thank you to everyone who has gathered here today. As we raise the flag of Israel over the Brooklyn Bridge, we reaffirm our commitment to the people of Israel and to the shared values of democracy, freedom, and justice that bind us together. We stand with Israel as it faces threats and challenges from every corner of the world. We stand with Israel as it works to build a more peaceful and secure future for all of its citizens. And we stand with Israel as it continues to be a beacon of hope and progress in a troubled and turbulent region. But we also stand here today as New Yorkers, proud of our own city and the diversity, resilience, and strength that define us. We know what it means to face adversity, to stand up to hate, and to come together in the face of tragedy. And we know that the best way to honor the memory of those we have lost is to build a better future for those who will follow. So let us come together today, as Jews and non-Jews, as Israelis and Americans, as neighbors and friends, to celebrate the miracle of Israel, to remember the lessons of our shared history, and to reaffirm our commitment to a brighter, more peaceful, and more just future for all of us. Thank you, and may God bless Israel, the United States, and the city of New York.”
Mayor Eric Adams Delivers Remarks at Flag-Raising Ceremony for Israel Bowling Green Park Whitehall Street & Broadway New York, NY 10004 April 26, 2023
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