President Obama said the special Israel-U.S. relationship “will only be strengthened in the months and years to come” in an Israel Independence Day statement.
“I look forward to continuing our efforts with Israel to achieve comprehensive peace and security in the region, including a two-state solution, and to working together to counter the forces that threaten Israel, the United States, and the world,” the White House said in a statement Monday evening, hours after Israel launched its 62nd birthday celebrations.
U.S.-Israel tensions have flared in recent weeks over settlements and building in eastern Jerusalem.
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