President Barack Obama arrived in Israel and was greeted with words by Israeli leaders that show policians supporting a religious vision for society.
While expressing unity between Israel and America, Israeli President Shimon Peres displayed profound respect for "the American dream" and uses words that would anger American Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
President Barack Obama, Dear Friend, Welcome to Israel. We welcome you as a great President of the United States of America. As a remarkable world leader. As a historic friend of Israel. Of the Jewish People. Your visit here is a crown demonstration of the profound relationship between our two nations.
The people of Israel welcome you with open hearts. From the depth of our hearts, From the depths of our history.
Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, America. Thank you for what you are. Thank you for what you do.
Thank you for the hopes you carry with you. In a few minutes you will be on your way to Jerusalem. Our ancient capital. The cradle of all believers, of all prayers. You will see the hills and mountains where our prophets preached. Where the soul of the Jewish People was born. Where the State of Israel was created.
America and Israel are somewhat different in size. In size, not in destiny. The American dream stems from the Bible. The Israeli spirit is inspired by American exceptionalism. We are separated by an ocean and united by the commitment to freedom, to justice. By the ongoing struggle for peace. We face the same dangers. We share the same hopes.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also refers to the Bible in his greeting.
Mr. President, on this historic visit, you will have an opportunity to see a different side of Israel. You will see past, present, and future in this tiny land which has left such a huge imprint on the course of civilization. You will see the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls, the world's oldest text of the Bible, written in Hebrew here 2,000 years ago, scrolls that bear witness to the timeless bond between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.
So what do the words "the American dream" refer to?
According to Wikipedia, "The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that 'all men are created equal' and that they are 'endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights' including 'Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'"
- Peres Thumps the Bible for Obama - Jewish Press
- Transcript of Speeches Greeting Obama - JTA
- American Dream - Wikipedia