(JNS.org) U.S. President Barack Obama congratulated Israel for its Independence Day on Tuesday, saying, “On the 65th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, I join my fellow Americans in wishing the Israeli people a joyous Independence Day.”
“On this date 65 years ago, the Jewish people realized their dream of the ages — to be masters of their fate in their own sovereign state. From that moment on, a free and independent Israel has had no greater friend and ally than the United States… On this anniversary, we reaffirm the unbreakable alliance between our two nations and our shared determination to realize the dreams of our people to live in security and peace,” Obama added.
Other world leaders also released congratulatory messages to the Jewish state. Russian President Vladimir Putin wished for “peace and prosperity to the Israeli people” and stressed he remains convinced that Israel and Russia will “further develop constructive cooperation” in various fields and “interact effectively in our effort to promote peace, stability and security in the Middle East.”
Pope Francis I expressed blessings toward “all the people of Israel” and sent “prayers for your high responsibilities at the service of the nation.”