Obama: 'The US-Israel Relationship Has Never Been Stronger'
US President Barack Obama released a statement Tuesday, conveying the "warmest wishes" to Israel on its 66th Independence Day.
Obama acknowledged the Jews' millennia-long struggle to return to their ancient homeland and their success in achieving that dream in 1948.
"Generations of Jews dreamed of the day when the Jewish people would have their own state in their historic homeland, and 66 years ago today that dream came true," he stated. "Today, Israel thrives as a diverse and vibrant democracy and as a 'start-up nation' that celebrates entrepreneurship and innovation."
He stated that the Israel-US relationship is "based on shared democratic values and our unwavering commitment to Israel’s security" and thus "has never been stronger."
"The United States was the first nation to recognize the government of Israel in 1948, and today we are still the first to come to Israel’s defense," he added.
Obama also briefly mentioned peace talks, which were torpedoed last month. The US has consistently remained in denial over the death of talks.
"We will continue to work with Israel to support a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, one that ensures that the Israelis will live alongside their neighbors in peace and with security," he said.
"On behalf of the American people, I wish President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the Israeli people a joyous Yom Ha’atzmaut."