Posted by Sen. Reid's Staff
4/26/2012 - 8:00 AM
I congratulate Israel as it celebrates 64 years of independence today. In 1948, just minutes after independence was declared, the United States was the first nation to recognize Israel’s sovereignty. Our support for Israel has never once faltered.
I was first exposed to the State of Israel and Nevada’s vibrant Jewish community as a young man at Bonds for Israel dinners that I attended with my wife and her family. Those early experiences were formative, and I have strongly supported Israel throughout my career.
I stand with Israel, the Congress stands with Israel and America stands with Israel because our shared democratic values are one and the same. We should never forget that Israel remains threatened by terrorist groups and regimes that want to destroy it. Yet the people of Israel never tire in their commitment to democratic principles and freedoms.
I remain committed to a secure Israel, and I look forward to many more years of a U.S.-Israel partnership.
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