US President Barack Obama on Thursday sent his "best wishes" to President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Israeli people as they celebrated Israel's 64th Independence Day.
Noting that the US was the first country to recognize Israel, Obama touted the special relationship between the two countries. "Ours is a unique relationship founded on an unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security, and anchored by our common interests and deeply held values," Obama said in a statement.
While mentioning Israel's "remarkable achievements over the past six decades," Obama also took the opportunity to reiterate the goal of establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
Israel and the United States's shared values, he said, guide the efforts "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."
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