US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton released a message Thursday saying that "for many around the world, Israel remains a beacon of hope and an inspiring example." Clinton's congratulatory remarks came as Israel was celebrating its 64th year of independence.

Clinton added that the Israel and the United States "are united by a deep and unbreakable bond based on mutual interests and respect. Our relationship grows stronger every day as we work to promote regional security, create new economic partnerships, increase two-way trade and broaden our energy cooperation."

The US secretary of state continued, "We are steadfast in our commitment to Israel’s security, which is a cornerstone of our foreign policy in the Middle East."

Clinton also sought to reassure Jerusalem that with all of the change in the region following the Arab Spring, the US "will continue to work with you and your neighbors to achieve the shared goal of a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East."

Earlier in the week, US President Barack Obama emphasized the shared values of the United States and Israel and Washington's steadfast commitment to the Jewish state in a letter sent to President Shimon Peres on the occasion of Independence Day.

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The US president sent his "warmest regards and congratulations on behalf of the American people" ahead of the 64th anniversary of Israel's independence.
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Obama wrote that "based on shared values and interests, the bonds between our two countries are deep and strong."

"In a time of momentous change," he continued," the United States remains steadfast in its commitment to Israel's security and a comprehensive peace in the region."

Noting cooperative work to pursue common goals and meet shared challenges, the US president added, "I wish the State of Israel continued prosperity and a peaceful future."

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