US Secretary of State John Kerry Declaration

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ERETZ Magazine is honored to know that ERETZ Publisher and Editor in Chief Yadin Roman had such a profound impact on US Secretary of State John Kerry’s understanding of Israel.

At the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s 100th Anniversary Celebration in Washington DC on December 9, 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry declared:

And I know why it’s worth it. I spent a lot of time – when I first went to Israel in 1986, I spent an entire week, and I traveled everywhere. And this wonderful fellow by the name of Yadin Roman, who’s the publisher of Eretz Israel magazine, was my guide and took me around. And he was brilliant, and he knew the history of everything and told me all the details of everything I was seeing…. And [we]climbed Masada, which is one of the most stirring things I’ve ever done in my life, because we had this huge debate on top of Masada. And Yadin provoked us, purposefully. And he gave us the whole history of Josephus Flavius and told us all the writings in this great contentious debate about had these Jews really died there, had they in fact been there at this moment, or did they escape because they didn’t find a whole lot of skeletons, and people were wondering what happened.

Well, we had this long debate….

But after the debate on Masada, we took a vote, and we all voted unanimously that it happened exactly the way it is recorded, that they had fought and died. And at the end, Yadin took us to the edge of the precipice. And there, where a lot of the air force, I understand, and other military are sworn in and take the oath, we yelled across the chasm, ‘Am Yisrael chai.’ (Applause.) And the echo came back. And I will tell you, it was stunning to hear that echo. You sort of felt like you were listening to the souls of the past tell you Israel is going to survive. And that’s why, my friends, you have a Secretary of State who gets it, who understands this mission. And with your help and your support, we’ll get it done the right way.”

For the full speech, see:

http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/12/218545.htm

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