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President Reuven Rivlin used this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day to reflect on how Israeli society can apply the Shoah’s lessons for peace.

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In a Middle East taut with tension between nations, it is rare when a leader engages in deep reflection about his country’s identity. Yet Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, decided to use this year’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 23 to deliver a thoughtful speech on Jewish identity. If his talk can inspire Israel and its neighbors to live in peace someday, perhaps it will be remembered as long as the Holocaust will be.