Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey released the following statement celebrating Israel Independence Day.
“This week, we are celebrating 68 years of Israel’s independence. In February, I visited Israel to discuss regional security issues with Israeli officials. Each time I visit Israel, I am reminded of the strength, resilience, and abiding faith of the Israeli people.
More than 45 years ago, President John F. Kennedy said, “Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave… It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.” Incredible sacrifices that have been made for Israel’s national security and economic growth.
Despite the policy disagreements and partisan rhetoric in Washington, strong support for the people of Israel and for our bilateral relationship remains a national priority on both sides of the aisle. Earlier this month, I was part of a bipartisan group of 81 Senators who wrote to President Obama, expressing our support for a new, robust defense Memorandum of Understanding. As we wrote in that letter, Israel remains America’s strongest ally in the Middle East and a central pillar of our strategy to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East.
As we mark 68 years of independence, we should reflect upon the service and sacrifice, as well as the unbreakable bond of friendship that has helped Israel to “endure and flourish.”