Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) issued the following statement today to commemorate Yom Ha’atzmaut, the 61st anniversary of Israel’s independence:
“Today, we celebrate the 61st anniversary of Israel’s statehood. The United States has a unique bond with Israel and her people, a staunch and enduring alliance founded on our nations’ shared commitment to democracy. I had the opportunity to visit Israel for the first time earlier this year, and in meetings in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the West Bank, I saw some reasons for hope for a durable peace – and reminders that America will need to stay determined and involved for this process to move forward.
“For a nation that came into the world at a time of turbulence, and which has faced many challenges throughout the years, Israel’s continued success is a living monument to the strength and will of the Jewish people there and around the world. I have no doubt that Israel will continue to grow and prosper into the future.”