In their annual Rosh Hashana greeting videos, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres wished Jews in Israel and the Diaspora a happy new year – but not before delving into the political issues of the day.
Making his statement from "Jerusalem, the eternal, united capital of the Jewish people and the Jewish state," Netanyahu addressed the drastic changes that have taken place in the Middle East in recent months.
Focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Netanyahu referred to his recent UN General Assembly address: "I extended my hand in peace to the Palestinian Authority's President. So far he hasn't resounded but we hope that maybe the next year that he will.
"Together we can and should do it so the year can be a happy year for us, for our friends, for our neighbors and for the rest of the world," Peres concluded.
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Peres received a phone call Wednesday from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in honor of the Jewish New Year. "I would like to wish you, your family and the people in Israel a Shana Tova and Chag Sameach (in Hebrew)," Abbas said.
Peres thanked and wished the Palestinian people a happy new year as well: "The two people must look into ways to overcome the crisis and bring about a solution of peace. I thank you for the holiday greeting and wish the Palestinian people a year of peace and an end to the conflict."
Ronen Medzini contributed to this report
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