US President Barack Obama wished Israel a happy 63rd birthday on Independence Day on Monday night.
"Sixty-three years ago, when Israel declared its independence, the dream of a state for the Jewish people in their historic homeland was finally realized," Obama said in a statement provided by the White House. "On the same day, the United States became the first country in the world to recognize the State of Israel."
"It gives me great pleasure to extend the best wishes of the American people to the people of Israel and to honor their remarkable achievements over the past six decades," he added.
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