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April 19, 2018 3:39 pm

Israel Receives Well-Wishes From Around Globe as It Celebrates 70th Independence Day

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A man waves flags of Israel as IAF planes fly in formation over the Mediterranean Sea during an aerial show as part of the celebrations for Israel’s 70th Independence Day, in Tel Aviv, April 19, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Amir Cohen.

Israel has received well-wishes from around the world as it celebrates its 70th Independence Day.

US President Donald Trump tweeted, “Best wishes to Prime Minister @Netanyahu and all of the people of Israel on the 70th Anniversary of your Great Independence. We have no better friends anywhere. Looking forward to moving our Embassy to Jerusalem next month!”

Netanyahu replied, “Thank you, President Trump! We too have no better friend than America. We are greatly looking forward to your moving the embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital.”

Acting US Secretary of State John Sullivan stated, “The State of Israel has prevailed over every challenge it has faced over the past 70 years. In just a short time, the people of Israel have created a successful nation that has flourished and continues to thrive.”

“Israel and the United States have an unshakeable bond that has endured and grown even stronger over the past seven decades,” Sullivan continued. “As President Trump said in Jerusalem last May, ‘…let us never forget that the bond between our two nations is woven together in the hearts of our people — and their love of freedom, hope, and dignity for all.’ The United States will continue to be a steadfast ally of Israel and will stand together with you today, and always.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May said, “Best wishes to those celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the State of Israel. Israel is a close friend and partner of the UK and we fully support Israel as a Jewish Homeland. We look forward to continuing cooperation between our two countries.”

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in a letter to his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin, “Israel celebrates 70 years of independence and we celebrate with it. The reconciliation and partnership with Israel that bridge the abyss that have opened up in our history have been and is a wonderful thing. For us Germans, it is a gift on one hand and a responsibility on the other. We will not forget this and will do our fair share to ensure a good future to Israel and trust between Germans and Israelis.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted the “excellent relations” between his country and Israel.

“I am confident that together we will continue to develop bilateral dialogue and fruitful cooperation in economics, science, technology and humanitarian assistance for the sake of our people, and in order to strengthen peace, stability and security in the Middle East,” Putin said.

Planes from the Austrian, British, Canadian, Greek, Italian and Polish air forces took part in the IAF’s traditional Independence Day nationwide flyover on Thursday.

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