JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted the following Independence Day address on YouTube.
"The first miracle is the restoration of Jewish sovereignty. There is no other example that I know of in the history of nations in which a scattered people, practically left for dead, has been able to reassert its national life. The second miracle is what we've done since the establishment of the Jewish state.
"Israel is fast becoming a regional economic power and one of the world's leading technological powers. All these gifts of creativity and genius in our people are bursting forth in every area: in science, in technology, in medicine, in the arts. And this great burst of creativity promises a great future for the Jewish people and for all of mankind.
"This double miracle is a testament to the life-force of the Jewish people. It's a testament to the deep wells of hope we carry inside us and to the deepest connection and to the deepest connection that we have, both to our past and to our future.
"The two miracles that have already occurred, they're only the beginning. If we stand together, if we remain committed to our common destiny, there is nothing we cannot achieve."