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Shana Tova – 5776

Dr Danny Lamm
President, Zionist Federation of Australia

I wish to extend warm Rosh Hashanah greetings to the Australian Jewish community on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, 5776.

The start of the Jewish New Year is the perfect time for introspection and reflection. It gives us time to consider the accomplishments and challenges over the past year both within the Australian Zionist movement and in Israel.

The year to date has been one of change, initiative and development, both in Australia and in Israel, but also a period of tremendous challenge.

The place of Israel in the global arena, and our responses to these challenges, have been a prime object of concern for the Zionist movement in Australia and worldwide.

Most recently the P-5 agreement with Iran represents a policy of weakness and appeasement in the face of a dangerously evil regime that imperils not merely Israel and the Middle East but the entire free world. The Zionist Federation of Australia has no hesitation about publicly voicing its opposition to this dangerous agreement.

Notwithstanding these challenges, Israel continues to lead the world in the fields of technology, health, agriculture and the arts. The Australian connection to Israel is strengthened through our Israel programs, our partnership with the Arava and the Golan, the commencement of the world renowned Diller Fellows Program, Habayit – the home of Hebrew language and Israeli culture and the incredible group of shlichim that form our Australian mishlachat.

Our Israel advocacy efforts respond to misinformation and disinformation about Israel in the media and also strategically presents positive messages about Israel. We have made sure that our unwavering support for the safety and security of all citizens of the State of Israel is always on display and we will continue to do so in the future.

On behalf of the Zionist Federation of Australia, may I wish the entire Australian Jewish community Shana tova umetuka, ktiva v’chatima tova. May the New Year 5776 bring peace, security and prosperity to the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
Dr. Danny Lamm