Obama extends wishes to Israel on her Independence Day
April 26, 2012 1 Comment
By Lauren Appelbaum, Political Editor
Washington, April 26 – On Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, President Obama made a statement about the “special bond of friendship” between the two countries. This relationship has grown stronger, the statement reads, since the U.S. became the first country to recognize Israel as a country and “the historic homeland of the Jewish people” 64 years ago.
Yesterday, Obama sent Israeli President Shimon Peres a congratulatory letter on Israel turning 64 and reaffirmed U.S.’s commitment to “Israel’s security and a comprehensive peace in the region.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also put out a statement wishing Israel well on her Independence Day, saying the “United States stands with you.” Clinton also stated the relationship between the U.S. and Israel “grows stronger every day” and the U.S. is “steadfast in our commitment to Israel’s security.”
Read Obama’s full statement after the jump.
Sixty-four years ago, the United States became the first country in the world to recognize the State of Israel – the realization of a modern day state in the historic homeland of the Jewish People. Since that momentous day, the special bond of friendship between the United States and Israel has grown stronger. Ours is a unique relationship founded on an unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security, and anchored by our common interests and deeply held values. These values continue to enlighten and guide our efforts as we work with Israel, as well as with others in the region, to confront shared challenges and to achieve a just and comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution that will usher in a future of peace, security, and dignity for the people of Israel and its neighbors.
Today, as Israelis celebrate their 64th Independence Day and their remarkable achievements over the past six decades, it gives me great pleasure to extend my best wishes, and the best wishes of the American people, to President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the people of Israel.