(JNS.org) Marking Israeli Independence Day, U.S. President Barack Obama promised to continue to work with the Jewish state to achieve peace, despite the recent collapse of the U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations.
“I send my warmest wishes to the Israeli people as they celebrate their independence,” Obama said in a statement. “Generations of Jews dreamed of the day when the Jewish people would have their own state in their historic homeland, and 66 years ago today that dream came true.”
Pointing out that the U.S. was the first country to recognize Israel in 1948, Obama reiterated his support for a negotiated two-state solution.
“We will continue to work with Israel to support a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, one that ensures that the Israelis will live alongside their neighbors in peace and with security,” he said.
After nearly nine months of negotiations, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks fell apart last month. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has hinted that the U.S. might take a “pause” from the peace process and allow time reassess its role.