it's the use of the word 'vital' as in necessary for life. Rivlin uses it here inconnection with Europe claiming that the europeans understand that Israel as 'vital'. This may be a wish near and dear to him but I think if Isreal disapeared tomorrow both europe and the Jewish people and the rest of humanity would continue on just the same.
Islamist militants attack African Union base in southern Somalia (Reuters)
from the article: 'Abbas seems addicted to Israeli-Palestinian conflict'