from i24 News by Ellie Hochenberg:
When arriving at the central synagogue in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu couldn’t hide his excitement.
Speaking in front of the congregation, Netanyahu hailed the community as the perfect model for relations between the Jewish state and the Muslim world in this new era.
“Israel receives a strong standing among the nations not with a bowed head but by being steadfast and proud,” said the Prime Minister. “And I say this here, in Central Asia, in an Islamic country that respects Israel, that honors coexistence and tolerance, and constitutes a model of what needs to happen – and can happen – in our region as well.”
“Perhaps the most dramatic change, which the Lubavitcher Rebbe could not have foreseen, is what is happening between us and the Arab world but I will tell you about that another time,” he continued. “Great changes have come in the spirit of that first meeting when he said ‘Light the candle of truth, do not be afraid, be strong and of good courage.'”
“So here, in this synagogue, in the spirit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on this historic visit, I tell you together with the people in my delegation and together with my wife: ‘The Glory of Israel will not lie [I Samuel 15:29]’,” Netanyahu declared, adding “A Happy Hanukkah to you all.”