WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement:

“Israel’s Independence Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices that led to its founding and celebrate its remarkable achievements. 

“On this 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel, I celebrate the values that the United States and Israel share: the ideals of freedom and pluralism. The United States must continue to support Israel in its quest for peace.

“As a strategic partner and friend, the United States stands in solidarity with Israel around the world. We will continue to look for ways to strengthen the partnership between our countries.  I am proud to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with our ally, Israel, and look forward to the nation’s continued success.”

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