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US President Barack Obama said the turmoil in the Middle East had created openings for peace and that he intended to press ahead with an Israeli-Palestinian peace in welcoming Israel’s Independence Day.
“We will continue our efforts with Israel and others in the region to achieve a comprehensive peace, including a two-state solution, and to working together toward a future of peace, security and dignity for the people of Israel and all the people of the region,” he said in a statement released on Monday.
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Referring to the tumult sweeping Arab regimes, he said, “I believe that
the region can be more peaceful and prosperous when its people are able
to fulfill their legitimate aspirations.”
Obama also stressed the enduring ties between the United States and the Jewish state.
“Our two nations share a unique and unbreakable bond of friendship that
is anchored in common interests and shared values, and the United
States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security,” he stated. “I have
every confidence that the strong relationship between our countries will
grow deeper with each passing year.”
The White House also announced Monday that it was planning a second
annual Jewish American Heritage Month reception for later in May. May
has been thus designated in part because it coincides with Israel’s
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also conveyed her congratulations to Israel in a statement released Sunday.
“Our two countries are united by a deep, unshakable friendship and
bond,” she said. “We are bound together by our shared values and history
pursuing freedom, equality and democracy. And this relationship is
deepening every day.”
She also referred to the possibilities that new orders in the region were creating.
“As you celebrate your independence, the Middle East is experiencing
rapid change. This is a moment of uncertainty, but also of opportunity,”
she continued. “The security of Israel is - and will remain - a
cornerstone of US foreign policy, and we will continue to strive for a
comprehensive peace between Israel and all of its neighbors.”