Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Israel's sixty-fourth Independence Day. Today is a cause for true celebration.
On May 14, 1948, Mr. David Ben-Gurion declared the independence of the State of Israel. It is with this in mind that families and friends across the globe come together to celebrate on this very special occasion.
The United States' strong solidarity to the Israeli people is continually fortified. Since Israel's independence, the ties of democracy between Israel and the United States have been unwavering.
The United States was one of the first nations to recognize the nation of Israel, just minutes after Prime Minister Ben-Gurion declared the independence of the State of Israel.
As the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel has been one of the United States' most important allies since its founding. This relationship remains strong and vibrant to this day.
While many things have changed in the past sixty-four years, the bonds of friendship between our two great nations has remained constant.
President of Israel Shimon Peres has called on all Jewish people across the world to participate in Independence Day celebrations being hosted at the Presidential residence in Jerusalem.
These celebrations will include honorary flyovers of Israeli combat planes and helicopters and a full military review by President Peres and Chief of Staff Gantz. President Peres will also be awarding 120 soldiers with the President's Outstanding Service Award.
Also, President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu, will partake in singing songs commemorating Israeli independence with the Israeli Defense Forces band and numerous patriotic singers.
I am always pleased to recognize and commemorate historic occasions such as this one.
Mr. Speaker, I ask that you join our colleagues, all Jewish people, and me, in recognizing Israel's sixty-fourth Independence Day.