Clinton Independence Day message reaffirms Israel-U.S. bonds

Clinton Independence Day message reaffirms Israel-U.S. bonds

JERUSALEM — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed the strong relationship between the United States and Israel in a video message for Israel’s Independence Day.

“Congratulations Israel on 62 years of independence! This is an opportunity to celebrate all that Israel has accomplished and to reaffirm the bonds that unite our two nations — our strategic partnership, our shared values, and our common aspirations,” Clinton said in the message released Sunday.

“I have a deep personal commitment to Israel, and so does President Obama,” Clinton said. “Our nation will not waver in protecting Israel’s security and promoting Israel’s future. That is why pursuing peace and recognized borders for Israel is one of our top priorities.”

Clinton, in the name of the Obama administration, called for a comprehensive peace in the Middle East “that provides Israelis, Palestinians, and all the people of the region security, prosperity, and the opportunity to live up to their full God-given potential.”

“The United States will continue to stand with you, sharing your risks and helping shoulder your burdens, as we face the future together,” she concluded.

Independence Day begins in Israel on Monday night and goes through Tuesday.