As a nation, we are standing at a crossroads. It is time for us to decide what type of world we want our children to inherit, and it is time for us to begin to build it. Separating from the Palestinian Territories is a critical step towards preserving the State of Israel that we know and love. This is the hurdle that we must overcome in order to begin the next chapter in the extraordinary story of our country. This is our generation’s challenge. Today, 70 years after the foundation of our state, we must ensure that Israel can live up to the principles and values enshrined in our Declaration of Independence. We must because, today, those very same principles are under threat.
It is time to say yes. Yes to an Israel that is both Jewish and democratic. After so many years of uncertainty and insecurity, yes to a strong and confident Israel. Yes to a future that will ensure security and prosperity for us, our children, and for generations to come.
As Israelis, we want to know that there is a future ahead of us. This is our home—our only home. This is the land we have fought for, the country we have sacrificed for, the state those we love have died for. We cannot give up on our home. The Zionist vision has allowed us to achieve the unthinkable, to revive a nation and resurrect a language. Now, it is up to us to defend that guiding vision from extremists who want to annex the Palestinian Territories and destroy everything we have built.
Now is the time for us to step up and face the challenge of our lifetime, to play our part in preserving Israel’s future. We must separate from the Palestinian Territories.
A rapidly changing landscape in the Middle East has opened up a window of opportunity for us. We must seize this rare moment, take control of our future, and advance a policy that serves the interest of all Israelis. Standing in the way of a brighter future are extremists pursuing their own dangerous vision. It is time for us to roll up our sleeves and get to work. It is time for us to say loudly and clearly:NO to annexation—YES to separation from the Palestinian Territories. Keep Israel safe.