Israel Political Brief April 26, 2012: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Message to Israel on Independence Day — Yom Haazmaut

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Harper Extends Independence Well Wishes to Israel

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper extended Israel his nation’s well-wishes as the Jewish state turns 64
Netanyahu and Harper in Ottaw

Netanyahu and Harper in Ottawa
Reuters
Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper on Thursday published a statement wishing Israel well during its 64th Independence Day celebrations.
“On this special day, I would like to extend warm wishes to those celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut in Canada, in Israel and around the world,” Harper wrote.
“On this anniversary, we remember all that Israel and its citizens overcame to achieve statehood and we celebrate all that it has accomplished in the past six decades.
“As I said to Prime Minister Netanyahu during his visit to Canada last month, our Government recognizes it is an especially challenging time in the Middle East.
“Israel can rest assured that we will uphold its right to exist as an independent Jewish state as we continue in our efforts to promote peace and security in the region.
“Once again, Happy Independence Day!”

Full Text Israel Political Brief April 26, 2012: US President Barack Obama’s Israeli Independence Day — Yom Ha’azmaut Message

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Statement by the President on Israeli Independence Day

Source: WH, 4-26-12

Sixty-four years ago, the United States became the first country in the world to recognize the State of Israel–the realization of a modern day state in the historic homeland of the Jewish People.  Since that momentous day, the special bond of friendship between the United States and Israel has grown stronger.  Ours is a unique relationship founded on an unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security, and anchored by our common interests and deeply held values.  These values continue to enlighten and guide our efforts as we work with Israel, as well as with others in the region, to confront shared challenges and to achieve a just and comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution that will usher in a future of peace, security, and dignity for the people of Israel and its neighbors.

Today, as Israelis celebrate their 64th Independence Day and their remarkable achievements over the past six decades, it gives me great pleasure to extend my best wishes, and the best wishes of the American people, to President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the people of Israel.

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