(April 19, 2018 / JNS) Leaders from around the world sent letters of congratulations to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on the occasion of Israel’s 70th Independence Day.
While a tweet on Wednesday congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump to Rivlin stated that “President Truman spoke a lot about the pride he felt when he supported the establishment of the State of Israel, as I have declared in the past, I announced the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, one of my proud moments as President of the United States. We will continue to stand by you as we have done in the last seven decades, and I hope to further deepen our historic friendship and to witness Israel’s prosperity.”
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England wrote in her letter: “It is my pleasure to congratulate you warmly on the occasion of Independence Day, warm wishes for the joy and happiness of all of Israel’s citizens in the coming year.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote “Congratulations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the declaration of independence of the State of Israel. I would like to note the excellent relations that exist between the two countries. I am confident that together we will continue to develop bilateral dialogue and fruitful cooperation in economy, science, technology and humanitarian assistance for the sake of our nations and for the sake of strengthening peace, stability and security in the Middle East.”
Additional world leaders to send congratulations included U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres and Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.