WASHINGTON — President Obama in his Passover message cited the Israeli national anthem’s invocation of an ancient Jewish longing for a homeland.
“Last week, I visited the State of Israel for the third time, my first as president,” Obama said in his March 25 message just hours before the start of the holiday. “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.”