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President Obama’s message for Israel’s 62nd birthday bears repeating.
Here are excerpts:
“We continue to share a strong, unbreakable bond of friendship between our two nations.
“Anchored by the United States' enduring commitment to Israel's security, Israel remains our important partner and key strategic ally in the Middle East.
“And I'm confident that our special relationship will only be strengthened in the months and years to come.
“I look forward to continuing our efforts with Israel to achieve comprehensive peace and security in the region, including a two-state solution, and to working together to counter the forces that threaten Israel, the United States and the world.
“We honor the extraordinary achievement of the people of Israel, and their deep and abiding friendship with the American people."
U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell added:
“That has been American policy. That is American policy. That will be American policy.”
Welcome and very timely words all.
This is David Harris of AJC.