Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 April 2012 11:47 Written by YNet Tuesday, 24 April 2012 10:58
Ahead of Israel's 64th Independence Day, US president sends Peres letter saying bonds between countries 'deep and strong'
"In a time of momentous change, the United States remains steadfast in its commitment to Israel's security and a comprehensive peace in the region," President Barak Obama wrote in a letter to his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres ahead of the Jewish state's 64th anniversary.
"I wish to extend warmest regards and congratulations on behalf of the American people," Obama said in the special missive, while stressing that the bonds between Israel and the US are "deep and strong."
"I wish the State of Israel continued prosperity and a peaceful future," the US leader wrote.
On Monday Obama visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, where he announced new sanctions on people and entities in Iran and Syria that use technology to target citizens and erode their human rights.
The US leader promised he would “always be there for Israel” and that his country would continue to oppose any efforts to attack the Jewish state.
“When efforts are made to equate Zionism to racism, we reject them. When international fora single out Israel with unfair resolutions, we vote against them,” Obama said.
"When attempts are made to de-legitimize the state of Israel, we oppose them. And when faced with a regime that threatens global security and denies the Holocaust and threatens to destroy Israel, the United States will do everything in our power to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,” he added.
Before delivering the remarks, Obama spent about 30 minutes touring the museum with Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel. The president and Wiesel quietly entered the museum's Hall of Remembrance, where they lit candles and paused, heads bowed, for a moment of silence.