Mr. CARNAHAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the state of Israel, one of our country's great allies, on the 64th anniversary of its independence.
On May 14, 1948, the people of Israel proclaimed the establishment of the sovereign and independent State of Israel.
Shortly after, President Harry Truman signed the order recognizing this new Jewish State of Israel.
Ever since, the United States and Israel have had an unshakeable relationship, bound together by common interests and shared values.
As the great symbol of democracy in the Middle East, the people of Israel continue to prosper despite the on--going challenges they face.
The Israeli people remain committed to achieving a lasting, long-term peace with their neighbors.
We must continue to support Israel, and to ensure that the peace process moves forward.
Today, I honor our ally and its commitment to democracy and freedom and offer congratulations to the State of Israel on the 64th anniversary of her independence.