Wasserman Schultz on Israel's Independence Day

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Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 | comments
I am proud and absolutely inspired to celebrate the 69th Israel Independence Day. Since its birth, Israel has grown to be an ever-closer friend and reliable partner of the United States, a relationship built on shared values, mutual priorities, and common ideals.
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 U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement marking Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut:

“I am proud and absolutely inspired to celebrate the 69th Israel Independence Day. Since its birth, Israel has grown to be an ever-closer friend and reliable partner of the United States, a relationship built on shared values, mutual priorities, and common ideals.

In 1948, the United States was the first nation to recognize the government of Israel. In the years since, our mutual commitment to protecting and supporting democratic values has created an unbreakable bond. And as both countries aspire to an ever-higher democratic ideal, the U.S. commitment to protecting Israelis’ security is essential to that very independence that we celebrate today. Its perseverance in the face of relentless violence is a shining light of political achievement, and a reflection of the Jewish people’s aspiration toward peace and justice.    

As the first Jewish woman to represent Florida in Congress, my connection to Israel is central to my personal and professional life. Israel is, and will always remain, the historical homeland of the Jewish people. I will continue to use my voice and my vote to defend Israel’s lasting safety and security. I wish the people of Israel a joyous Independence Day – and may she continue to go from strength to strength.”

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