(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Sunday, 26 April 2015), sent the following letter to the Israeli Druze community on the occasion of the Nebi Shu’eib holiday:
“My brothers and sisters of the Israeli Druze community, You are now celebrating the festival of Nebi Shu’eib and I extend my
This year the date of your holiday falls close to Independence Day and Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars. As loyal citizens who love the country, I am familiar with and appreciate the contribution of the daughters and sons of the Druze community to Israeli society and to the state. A very high proportion of the community’s young people are drafted
into the best units in the IDF and the Israel Police and some of our best commanders come from among you. To my great sorrow, many of your sons have given their lives on behalf of the security of the state.
Israeli society views you as brothers and sisters not just because of the bond of blood between our peoples but also due to the bond of life that has been built between us over the years. The traditions of your fathers and your faith and beliefs are bound with the history of our land. Like us, you too are part of the vistas of the Land of Israel. Our obligation as a state is to continue assisting each and every member of the community to integrate into Israeli society and to enable your young people to realize their potential.
I send my greetings to the elders of your community, especially your spiritual leader, Sheikh Muwafaq Tarif, and wish you and your families a happy holiday.”