'Suez War ended in brilliant victory, but at a heavy price'

President Rivlin delivers remarks at the memorial ceremony for the fallen of the 1956 Sinai War.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Rivlin at ceremony
Rivlin at ceremony
Mark Neyman, GPO

President of Israel Reuven Rivlin today, Sunday, delivered remarks at the memorial ceremony for the fallen of the 1956 Sinai War, marking 64 years since it was fought, and laid a wreath in their memory. Alternate Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz also delivered remarks.

“We gather here every year, at the mountain of Israeli heroism, the mountain of Jerusalem’s longing, to remember and recall your loved ones, our loved ones,” said the president. “In the 64 years since the Suez War, the State of Israel has become an established fact. Our neighbors and our enemies know that. The State of Israel has developed, grown and progressed. We have made peace with Egypt and two generations of Israelis and Egyptians know only peace between the countries. We have also signed a peace treaty with Jordan and in the last two months we have witnessed normalization agreements and established relations with the United Arab Emirates, with Bahrain, and soon we hope to do so with Sudan and other countries. These agreements can pave the way for a new era in the Middle East. An era of peace between peoples and nations.”

“And still,” said the president, “even now there are those who seek our harm. Our enemies could not beat us then, 64 years ago, and they cannot beat us today. Even when our hand is stretched out in peace, as it is always, we are on guard, watchful, prepared and determined to defend ourselves, by ourselves – at any moment and in under any circumstance.”

The president concluded his remarks by speaking to the families, saying, “The Suez War ended in a brilliant victory, but that victory had a heavy price. You, the families paid the ultimate price. There is no consolation for the longing. The orphans of that war are today grandparents while they, the fallen, remain young – 19 and 20 years old. We will do everything we can to be worthy of their sacrifice. We will do everything we can to be worthy of the memory of your loved ones. May their memories be bound in the bond of life.”