Israel Independence Day is a good moment to remember what’s so special about Israel. I’ve gathered some quotations which celebrate the many faces of Israel.
Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of eternity. – Yehuda Amichai
Israel has created a new image of the Jew in the world – the image of a working and an intellectual people, of a people that can fight with heroism. – Nnamdi Azikiwe
I never wanted to write. I just wrote letters home from a kibbutz in Israel to reassure my parents that I was still alive and well fed and having a great time. They thought these letters were brilliant and sent them to a newspaper. So I became a writer by accident.
– Maeve Binchy
The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.”
In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.
No city in the world, not even Athens or Rome, ever played as great a role in the life of a nation for so long a time, as Jerusalem has done in the life of the Jewish people.
– David Ben-Gurion
Even the very pronunciation of Israel – “ISS-RAA-EEELLLL” brings chills to my bones for my love of Israel”
It is true that we aspire to our ancient land. But what we want in that ancient land is a new blossoming of the Jewish spirit.
The only thing chicken about Israel is their soup.
Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish.
It is the child of hope and the home of the brave.
It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success.
It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.
-John F. Kennedy
The security of Israel is a moral imperative for all free peoples.
We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.
Peace is important for Israel.
In Israel, a land lacking in natural resources, we learned to appreciate our greatest national advantage: our minds. Through creativity and innovation, we transformed barren deserts into flourishing fields and pioneered new frontiers in science and technology.
You know, I get much more Jewish in Israel because I like the way that religion is done there.” -Natalie Portman