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Herzog: "The internal struggle within us is escalating and exacerbating"

The President at the state ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War: "I am horrified by the very sight, of people who fought together, and are now struggling, during the holy time of "Kol Nidre" and "Ne'ila"

Herzog (Photo: Michael Galadai, Flash 90.)

President Isaac Herzog commented at the state commemoration ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, on the prayer disturbance in Dizengoff Square during Yom Kippur: "We saw in the first Hebrew city - a shocking and painful example of how the internal struggle within us escalates and becomes extreme."

The President opened: "Especially at this time we must learn lessons and understand well that the internal Israeli threat is the most acute and dangerous threat of all. Just yesterday, in the midst of the Holy Day, exactly fifty years after the outbreak of the war, we saw precisely in the first Hebrew city - a shocking and painful example of how the internal struggle Among us are those who escalate and extort.

"I know that I speak for the absolute majority of Israeli citizens," the president continued, "when I express deep sorrow and shock at the sight of our people fighting each other, on a day that has always been a symbol of unity - beautiful, inclusive, and respectful Israeliness and Judaism. I am horrified by the very sight, by the very thought of people who or their family members fought together - brothers in arms, shoulder to shoulder - in outposts, in tanks, in the bloody fields of Sinai and the Golan, and now they are grappling in the heart of Tel Aviv, during the holy time of "Kol Nidre" and "Ne'ila".

Herzog: "Sisters and brothers stand on both sides of the fence"

Herzog wondered: "How did we get to this terrible situation? That fifty years after the bitter war, sisters and brothers are standing on both sides of the barricade? Those who pour fuel into this fire are a real threat to Israeli unity. It must stop now. The division, the polarization, the never-ending dispute - they are A real danger to Israeli society and the security of the State of Israel.

Dizengoff Square (Photo: Tomer Neuberg, Flash90.)

"Israel's enemies speak out about this repeatedly and treat the internal crisis within us as a prelude to the disintegration of the State of Israel, and although they are completely wrong, we must come to our senses, lower our tone, listen, reach out, and end the internal crisis we are in - through dialogue and agreement."

These are not just empty words, but a historical obligation; So that, God forbid, historians and leaders will look at these days 50 years from now, at the terrible price this rift exacted from us, and ask: 'How did they not understand the magnitude of the danger and the depth of the abyss? After all, it was right in front of their eyes.'" Herzog finished.

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