Mr. MARCHANT. Mr. Speaker, it is with a strong spirit of solidarity that I recognize the 64th anniversary of the independence of the State of Israel. On May 14, 1948, as the world was working toward a brighter and less war-torn future, the Israeli people declared their independence from the British Mandate. The United States recognized the new State of Israel minutes after its birth and, ever since, our two nations have remained strong allies and profound friends.
During its 64 year history, the State of Israel has weathered persistent threats with a remarkable resolve. The nation has not only survived, but has prospered. While ensuring the security of her people, Israel has maintained a firm commitment to democracy. We in the United States are fortunate to have Israel as an unshakeable ally in the Middle East. On this anniversary of independence, we should reflect upon the endurance of that alliance and renew its promises for future generations.
I further recognize the importance of fostering our alliance with mutual cooperation. The second ten-year Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Israel, which was signed in 2007, has established a fruitful security agreement that has served both of our nations well. A later Memorandum in 2009 further strengthened our joint commitment to counter-terrorism by pledging our mutual assistance to stop the supply of arms to terrorist organizations. It is strategic landmarks like these that help support the lasting bond that we have established with the Israeli state and people.
Mr. Speaker, on behalf of the 24th Congressional District of Texas, I ask all of my distinguished colleagues to join me in recognizing and celebrating the 64th anniversary of the State of Israel. I am proud of the historic relationship that the United States has with Israel and look forward to the future of our friendship.