Cicilline Statement on Israeli Independence Day

Apr 16, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement to commemorate Israeli Independence Day:

“In May 1948, President Harry S. Truman directed his administration to recognize the new State of Israel minutes after its declaration of independence. Despite receiving advice from those close to him urging that he not recognize this new nation in order to maintain access to oil in the region, President Truman stood firmly for what he knew to be right, and set in motion an unbreakable friendship that continues today. As our closest ally in the region, and the most stable democracy in the Middle East, Israel shares our values of equality and freedom; including a free press, freedom of religion, and the right to self-determination through democratic elections, and the United States remains committed to preserving the strong bonds of this enduring relationship.”