STATE OF ISRAEL
Minister of Justice
Deputy Prime MinisterJuly 26, 2003
Dear Father Moreno,
Dear Baruch Tenembaum,
I´m using the opportunity of Raoul Wallenberg´s 91st birthday to send my appreciation to the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation for its historical and educational contribution to the understanding of the full meaning of the Holocaust and to the memory of what Wallenberg did in saving so many Jews – amongst them my mother and myself – Hungary.
As you know, I was instrumental in the erecting of the Wallenberg statue in Tel Aviv and in the naming of the street where the statue stands after him. As a member of the Israeli Government, I promise to continue in the effort to enter his name and deeds in the historical conscience of Jews in general and Israelis in particular.
With best wishes for your continuous good work in this good cause.
Joseph (Tommy) Lapid