Happy 60th Birthday, Israel
Posted by Senator Jim DeMint
Sixty years ago today, David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel in the historic and culturally rich land of Israel. Today, the State of Israel is a vibrant, multi-cultural and prosperous democracy and a close friend of the United States.
The bond of friendship between Israel and the U.S. began when President Harry Truman recognized the establishment of the State of Israel 11 minutes after its formal Declaration of Independence was signed on May 14, 1948. The U.S. is Israel's largest trading partner. Additionally, Israeli experts have helped train U.S. personnel in how to operate against terrorists and the organizations that support them. Israel and the United States are also strategic partners in the Global War on Terror.
America supports the security of Israel and is working with Israel and its neighbors to peacefully resolve the regional conflicts. From the Suez Crisis to the Camp David Accords to the Annapolis
Conference in 2007, the U.S. has played a continuing role in achieving peace. The U.S. remains committed to a vision of the Middle East that is free of state-sponsored terrorism and ideologies
that threaten individual freedom and human dignity. We share these common ideals with Israel.
Both the U.S. and modern Israel began as nations seeking freedom from oppression and stand as symbols of freedom and pluralism. As Israel marks its 60th anniversary this week, I encourage Americans to reflect on the enormous challenges facing any emerging democracy and join our friends in Israel and the Jewish community worldwide celebrating this remarkable achievement.