Congresswoman Robin Kelly’s Statement on Israel’s Independence Day
U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL), released following statement today in recognition of the 68th Anniversary of Israel's Independence Day, which begins at sundown this evening:
“Today, I join millions of Israelis as well as Jews and people of all faiths around the world in celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.
On May 14, 1948 (corresponding to 5 Iyar 5708), Israel fulfilled a dream of the Jewish people of a homeland after 2,000 years in exile. For nearly seven decades, our two nations have shared a bond of close friendship. Through years of war Israel has stood strong as a true ally and strong advocate in the Middle East for our nations’ shared values: justice, democracy, and peace.
Israel shows the world that a nation can have both a cutting edge military and secure borders as well as personal and religious freedom; it shows that the right to self-defense and a commitment to humanitarianism are not mutually exclusive. Israel’s ability to foster some of world’s greatest soldiers and scientists and some of the most talented musicians and artists is a model for all.
As a member of Congress, the only member from Illinois on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have been proud to visit Israel and work to strengthen the steadfast bond between our two nations. As we celebrate, let us reaffirm our commitment towards an even more secure Israel, and a truly just and lasting peace among Israel, its neighbors, and all nations."