Today is November 29, the day the UN made the historic and moving decision to end the British Mandate and establish two states in the Land of Israel.
In other words, this is the first time that the State of Israel has received international recognition.
Half a year later, the confident and eternal voice of David Ben-Gurion, announces the establishment of the State of Israel resonated in every radio receiver and won hearts.
From the day after the historic decision and for the 74 years that have passed since then, the State of Israel has faced challenges, threats and wars.
Challenges that shaped her character, strengthened her resilience and made her the powerful country she is today.
Even today there are those who work against our right to exist, but Israel, which then needed the world's support to stand up, stands today as an independent, strong, developed and advanced state, whose contribution to humanity in medical and agricultural, agricultural, scientific and technological breakthroughs is insatiable.
All this thanks to generations of pioneers, including my grandparents, who were forced to work in the underground, lead to the immigration of millions of Jews from across the Diaspora, make the Hebrew language an official language, drain swamps and establish Jewish settlements, develop cultural centers and establish a Jewish hold throughout Israel. And painful.
This was their Zionist mission, this was the vision, they dedicated their lives to it, and thanks to them we have a state today.
Some say that the work has been completed, the Zionist enterprise is a fait accompli.
Well, I argue otherwise.
Indeed, the State of Israel is a tangible wonder, the house has been built and its foundations are solid.
But its construction has not yet been completed.
It lasts every day, every hour.
When I meet groups of teenagers and ask them what Zionism is for them, I hear moving answers about "establishing settlements," "bringing Jews to Israel," "protecting the state." All the answers are correct. But there is more. Because to me, Zionism is also a whole lot of other, simpler things. Zionism, to me, is either volunteering and helping at-risk youth, or being a listening ear to the elderly whose loneliness weighs heavily on them. To be a Zionist, in my opinion, is also to choose to live in the periphery and establish businesses and initiatives there. It is to act for a life of mutual guarantee, in the community, in the neighborhood, in the locality. It is to be caring and attentive to the environment in which we live, to take responsibility for it, to want it to be cleaner, more meaningful, meaningful.
Zionism is changing.
It changes according to the spirit of the period and its needs, and to the changes that we, the citizens of the Zionist state, experience together with it.
Different in form, but in essence it is similar.
We continue the path of the founding mothers and fathers of the country in the love of the country and the people, in its empowerment, in its development, in its further construction and in the desire to preserve our national home that we were privileged to establish after two thousand years of exile.
The complex reality of life in Israel often leads to polarization.
But we must remember that Zionism is also the glue that connects us, Israelis, and crosses ethnicities, sectors, political views and geographical areas.
These were pioneers who fulfilled the vision of the Jewish people and established a state against all odds, with fervor and endless sacrifice.
We continue through them.
In 2022, too, Zionism is more relevant than ever, and adapts itself to the advanced and changing world and the developing economy.
On this day we must educate the younger generation for involvement, leadership and caring in the spirit of those pioneers, because the Zionist story continues and we are an integral part of it, and we must continue the work of creating a better Israeli state and society.
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