Today, Congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-25), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Congressional Representative to the United Nations, will introduce legislation honoring the 64th anniversary of Israel's independence. Representative Buerkle released the following statement regarding the resolution, which already has the bipartisan support of nearly 70 House colleagues.
"Each year presents new challenges to the State of Israel, and each passing year of independence marks an achievement. On April 26th, 2012 Israel will celebrate its 64th anniversary of independence. All of those years represent a hard-fought struggle to assert the cultural and political sovereignty of the State of Israel. I am pleased to introduce a resolution with strong backing from both Republicans and Democrats that will honor that anniversary and affirm our support for Israel.
"On May 14, 1948, the State of Israel declared its independence. 11 minutes after that declaration, the United States recognized the new nation, despite the fact that she was immediately engaged in a war with all of her neighbors. The United States has continued to support Israel over the past six and a half decades, each of which has been marked by armed conflict.
"With the escalating instability in the Middle East and the threat of a nuclear Iran, it is as important as ever that the United States stand firm with its most important ally in the region. The Obama Administration must reject any weakening of our ties with the Jewish state.
"Israel must remain a free and prosperous nation and the United States should provide all support necessary to guarantee her existence. Nurturing a clear and strong relationship with Israel is essential for promoting peace and democracy in the Middle East. Israel is the first line of defense against regimes and groups in the Middle East which would just as soon obliterate America as Israel. Israel's interests are America's interests."