Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Israel Matzav: Obama's statement on Israel Independence Day

Obama's statement on Israel Independence Day

Well, he didn't do a video, but President Obama finally issued what Laura Rozen described as a 'quite warm' message for Israel Independence Day.

"Minutes after David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence, realizing the dream of a state for the Jewish people in their historic homeland, the United States became the first country to recognize Israel," Obama said. "To this day, we continue to share a strong, unbreakable bond of friendship between our two nations, anchored by the United States’ enduring commitment to Israel’s security."

"Israel remains our important partner and key strategic ally in the Middle East, and I am confident that our special relationship will only be strengthened in the months and years to come," he continued.

"I look forward to continuing our efforts with Israel to achieve comprehensive peace and security in the region, including a two-state solution, and to working together to counter the forces that threaten Israel, the United States, and the world," he said.

"On this day, we once again honor the extraordinary achievements of the people of Israel, and their deep and abiding friendship with the American people. I offer my best wishes to President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the people of Israel as they celebrate this happy occasion."

I think we could have done without the 'two-state solution' dig. And note that we are only 'our important partner' and not 'our most important partner.'

No, I am not gushing with enthusiasm over this.

Israel Matzav: Obama's statement on Israel Independence Day

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