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Statement on the 61st Anniversary of Israel's Independence

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                April 28, 2009

Statement on the 61st Anniversary of Israel’s Independence


On behalf of the people of the United States, President Obama congratulates the people and government of Israel on the 61st anniversary of Israel’s independence.  The United States was the first country to recognize Israel in 1948, minutes after its declaration of independence, and the deep bonds of friendship between the U.S. and Israel remain as strong and unshakeable as ever.  The President looks forward to working with Israel to advance our common interests, including the realization of a comprehensive peace in the Middle East, ensuring Israel’s security, and strengthening the bilateral relationship, over the months and years to come.