Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took part on Thursday in an official Foreign Ministry toast for Rosh Hashana.
Netanyahu met with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, Foreign Ministry director Dore Gold and the management forum, after which he joined Foreign Ministry employees in a toast to greet the Jewish new year.
The Prime Minister was received with applause by the employees before offering a "Happy New Year to each and every one of you, your families and the people of Israel."
"I want to express my appreciation for all the important work you're doing," Netanyahu told the employees. "I want you to know that I really appreciate your mobilization against our major tasks in a changing world, the major upheavals occurring in the region, even the world in general, and our need to work on many fronts."
The Prime Minister noted the great opportunities being opened up to Israel in terms of foreign relations.
"Primarily in Asia, but also in Africa and Latin America, we see the potential for new alliances, new relationships and shared interests based primarily on Israeli technology and innovation in Israel," Netanyahu noted.
This is "breaking apart a lot of attempts to boycott Israel in other parts of the world," he added.
"The second thing, of course, is we constantly have to fend off terrible slanders against the Jewish state – something we have the power to do, as opposed to the thousands years of our history where we could not ward off the terrible slanders against the Jews themselves."
Netanyahu stressed that "what was true of the Jews themselves is also true of the Jewish state with one difference – today we have a country, today we have an army and today we have a Foreign Ministry."
"We are busy and you are busy working to combat the lies and curb the boycotts and this requires great effort, both intellectual and emotional, and I want to congratulate you and express my gratitude for your participation and important contribution to this effort."
The Prime Minister then emphasized the importance of maintaining close ties with Israel's traditional allies, chief among them the United States.
"Even in the face of disputes, and there are, I am still obligated to say that the vast majority of the American public sees eye to eye with us about the danger of Iran."
"It is important for the American public to know that Iran is the enemy of the United States – it declares it openly – while Israel is an ally of the US," Netanyahu stressed. This understanding has important implications for our continued security."