Blinken congratulates Israel on eve of Independence Day: ‘America was the first country to recognize Israel in 1948’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

On the eve of Independence Day, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is among the first world leaders to congratulate Israel.

“In this solemn moment of immense suffering from all those affected by the current conflict, mourning and intense longing for the return of Israel’s hostages, we remain committed to advancing a vision for peace, security, and prosperity for Israel and the region,” he says in a statement.

“The US was the first country to recognize Israeli statehood when Israel declared independence in 1948. Our history of shared democratic values, trade, deep cultural ties, and commitment to regional security has provided the basis for our countries’ strong partnership and friendship,” Blinken adds.

“Please accept our congratulations on the 76th anniversary of the State of Israel. Yom Atzmaut Sameach!”

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