US President congratulates Jews on the Jewish New Year

This year, the Days of awe leading up to Yom Kippur give Israelis a sense of optimism due to the start of the peace process in the Middle East said, Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump issued a standard greeting on Friday for the start of the Jewish New Year, the Rosh Hashanah holiday, wishing “our Jewish brothers and sisters” a blessed start to the Days of awe – a period that followers of Judaism observe between the beginning of the New Year and the day of atonement (Yom Kippur).

The ten-day period of Days of awe includes celebration, prayer, reflection, and penance. All this “reminds us how important faith, family, and communication are for each of us,” the President said.

The sense of peace and confidence that these rites bring to people is now particularly important, “helping us seek wisdom and understanding (of the Almighty) as our faith continues to grow,” the message reads.

Trump recalled that this year’s Days of awe inspire a sense of optimism among Israelis, largely because the US administration “continues to make great strides in ensuring a more stable, prosperous and peaceful the Middle East.”

Last month, a historic agreement was signed between the United Arab Emirates and Israel – the first agreement between Israel and a major Arab country since 1994 – that normalizes relations between the two States, including the exchange of embassies and diplomats, as well as expanded cooperation in a variety of areas, including education, health, trade, and security. Just days after Bahrain struck a similar deal with Israel, the US President received the leaders of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain at the White House to sign the agreements.

“Melania and I pray that [the Lord] will bless all the Jewish people on these Holy Days. We hope that these days will provide people with a respite to strengthen their faith and experience the many manifestations of the love and mercy of the Almighty,” concluded Donald Trump.