WASHINGTON – "Sixty-four years ago, the United States became the first country in the world to recognize the State of Israel -
the realization of a modern day state in the historic homeland of the Jewish People. Since that momentous day, the special bond of friendship between the United States and Israel has grown stronger," US President Barack Obama
said Thursday in a special statement issued on the occasion of Israel's Independence Day.
The US leader said in the statement, "Ours is a unique relationship founded on an unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security, and anchored by our common interests and deeply held values.
"These values continue to enlighten and guide our efforts as we work with Israel, as well as with others in the region, 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," he wrote.
On Wednesday Obama sent his counterpart Shimon Peres
in which he congratulated Israel on its 64th anniversary.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also published a statement
on Thursday in which she said that "For many around the world, Israel remains a beacon of hope and an inspiring example."
Clinton stressed that "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."
She noted that the US was "steadfast" in its commitment to Israel’s security, "which is a cornerstone of our foreign policy in the Middle East."