Biden pledges 'unshakable commitment' to Israel

Former US Vice President wishes the Jewish people a happy new year in honor of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

Elad Benari, Canada ,

Joe Biden
Joe Biden

Former US Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Sunday wished the Jewish people a happy new year in honor of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

“On behalf of Jill and myself and the entire Biden family, Shanah Tovah to all celebrating the Jewish High Holidays. This time of year offers a moment to pause and reflect on all that has passed, to consider the new year of possibilities that lies ahead, and to reaffirm the values that unite family, friends, and all who strive to spark justice in the world,” he said.

“This last year was marked by horrific tragedies, but it was defined by the strength and resilience of the Jewish community. In the wake of Pittsburgh and Poway, Americans across the country--Jewish and non-Jewish alike--challenged ourselves to reach for our highest ideals and recommit to fighting hatred wherever in the world we find it.”

“As our first president declared unequivocally to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island: ‘the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance,’" wrote Biden.

“At a moment when that basic premise is being questioned by too many here at home and around the world, when we are in a battle for the very soul of this nation, the mission of Tikkun Olam bears renewed urgency. This is a time to reawaken to our moral responsibilities, change our ways, and renew our commitments to our faith and fundamental values. We must come together and care for one another. In the year ahead, we must reconfirm our deepest-held democratic values and the idea that the American Dream is big enough for all of us.”

“Those shared values are also what unite us with the people of Israel and ground our unshakable commitment to the Jewish and democratic State of Israel--and to a future that is both peaceful and secure,” Biden wrote.

“To everyone in the Jewish community, we wish you a very happy, healthy, and sweet New Year. May the sound of the shofar call each of us to do justice, impart kindness, and walk humbly with our God in the year ahead,” he concluded.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Rosh Hashanah in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)