President Barack Obama:
I send my warmest wishes to the Israeli people as they celebrate their independence. Generations of Jews dreamed of the day when the Jewish people would have their own state in their historic homeland, and 66 years ago today that dream came true. Today, Israel thrives as a diverse and vibrant democracy and as a "start-up nation" that celebrates entrepreneurship and innovation.
The United States was the first nation to recognize the government of Israel in 1948, and today we are still the first to come to Israel’s defense. The enduring relationship between our two nations, based on shared democratic values and our unwavering commitment to Israel’s security, has never been stronger. We will continue to work with Israel to support a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, one that ensures that the Israelis will live alongside their neighbors in peace and with security.
On behalf of the American people, I wish President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the Israeli people a joyous Yom Ha’atzmaut.
Senator Bob Casey:
I want to extend my warmest congratulations on the 66th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel. The unshakable bond between the American and Israeli people is rooted in our strong democratic values and commitment to peace and security. I am deeply committed to ensuring that Israel remains an indispensable ally and key partner of the United States for years to come.
Congressman Matt Cartwright:
As the Representative from the 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, I’d like to wish President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the Israeli people a celebratory Yom Ha’atzmaut. As the Israeli people celebrate 66 years of independence, America remains committed to working closely with Israel to support a future of peace and prosperity.
Congressman Charlie Dent:
Congratulations to Israel, America’s democratic partner and strong ally, on 66 years of achievement, resilience and resourcefulness. The courage, decency and strength of the Israeli people have triumphed repeatedly in the face of severe adversity. The people of Israel have thrived under the harshest of circumstances while building a sound democratic foundation for a brilliant future. It is my fervent hope that our countries’ ties will be long, intertwined and mutually beneficial. Shalom.
State Senator Pat Toomey:
I join Israel in celebrating the 66th anniversary of its independence and in remembering the many men and women who have lost their lives in defense of Israel. For over six decades, the Jewish State has been a symbol of democratic courage in the Middle East and around the world. Without question, Israel is the United States’ closest ally and friend in the region and among its best allies in the world.