[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)]
[April 7, 1998]
[Pages 524-525]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Message on the Observance of Passover, 1998
April 7, 1998

    Warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover.
    This sacred holiday commemorates the long and arduous exodus of the 
Jewish people to the promised land of Israel. Despite centuries of 
slavery and oppression, the Israelites, strengthened by the promise of 
salvation, refused to abandon their dreams of freedom. In their darkest 
moments of persecution, the hope of liberation and redemption burned 
bright in their hearts, lighting their way to a new land and a new life.
    Passover holds special meaning for us this year as we celebrate the 
50th anniversary of the creation of the modern state of Israel. It is a 
powerful reminder of the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people, of the 
quest for freedom and dignity that unites us all, of God's powerful 
presence in our history, and God's constant loving concern in our lives.
    As the Jewish community across America and around the world 
commemorates this holy season, let us pray together for peace in the 
land of Israel, for the tranquility of its people, and for a bright and 
hopeful future for us all.
    Hillary joins me in extending best wishes for a memorable Passover.

                                                            Bill Clinton

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Note: This message was made available by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on April 7.