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US president speaks about celebrating freedom and the importance of repairing the world
By Ron Friedman March 26, 2013, 2:36 am 6 Share on emailEmailShare on printPrintShareUS President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a Passover seder for family, staff and friends in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, Monday.US President Barack Obama hosted a Passover Seder Monday, in what has become an annual White House tradition. The president, who returned at the weekend from a visit to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, had said during a speech in Jerusalem that he was looking forward to holding the celebration at the White House so his daughters could experience it.
Obama wished all those celebrating Passover in America, Israel, and around the world Chag Sameach (happy holiday) in a holiday greeting, earlier Monday, in which he also spoke of his trip to the Middle East.
“Last week, I visited the state of Israel for the third time, my first as President. I reaffirmed our countries’ unbreakable bonds with Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu and President [Shimon] Peres. I had the chance to speak directly with young Israelis about the future they wanted for their country, their region, and the world. And I saw once again how the dream of true freedom found its full expression in those words of hope from Hatikvah, lihyot ‘am chofshi be’artzeinu, ‘To be a free people in our land.’” he said in a statement.
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