Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was a prisoner of his security detail over Rosh Hashana, unable to go to the nearby Great Synagogue in Yerushalayim because of security considerations that would seriously have inconvenienced the other mispalelim.So instead of going to hear the shofar on Yom Tov, the shofar came to Netanyahu, with Eli Yaffe, director of the shul’s choir, going to Netanyahu’s official residence to sound the shofar blasts so the prime minister and his family would fulfill the mitzvah.
Netanyahu spent the Yom Tovwith his family. A number of world leaders called to extend to him and the country a good new year, including Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
On Thursday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres to wish them a happy Rosh Hashana.
During their conversation, Abbas told Peres that [the Palestinian people] want a peace agreement with Israel and hope that Israeli inhabitants will be able to achieve a peace that will include all Arab nations.”
Peres told Abbas that “No one is more fitting than you to achieve peace for your people and the entire region.” He also wished Abbas and Muslims well on Id al-Fitr.