President Rivlin Addresses US Ambassador’s Independence Day Reception
(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)
President Reuven Rivlin this evening (Thursday), addressed a reception in honor of the 240th United States of America Independence Day, at the home of Ambassador Dan Shapiro.
The President thanked Ambassador and Mrs. Shapiro for their warm hospitality and spoke of the common values of "Values of liberty, equality, and of course democracy" which Israel and America shared, and of the importance of the close relationship between the two countries. He noted that, as he had said to President Obama when he visited him on Hanukah at the White House, "From time to time, the obvious should be said, and even written: 'Israel has no greater friend than the United States of America.' The United States is Israel’s most important and strongest ally. I want to thank the American people - on both sides of the aisle - for years of financial, diplomatic, and military support, and for helping us carry the burden of defense." The President stressed, "Looking to the future, I hope that an agreement on this important issue will be reached as soon as possible."
He added, "This is a great opportunity for me to toast the launch of the new F35 planes, which are key to Israel's ability to defend its citizens, and keep our edge over the threats we face. We in Israel are very committed and we will stay committed to this special relationship."
In relation to the threat of terror, and to the attack which had taken place earlier in the day in which 13 year old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in her home in Kiryat Arba. He said, "Dear friends, sadly, our shared values are, under attack now. Terror is terror, in Brussels and Orlando, in Istanbul, and as we saw today, in the terrible attack in Kiryat Arba, and just now in Netanya. The thoughts and prayers of all Israel are with, the family of Hallel Yaffa, of blessed memory."
President Rivlin concluded, "We know that the American people have some other very big decisions to make soon. But we also know that no matter what the result is, the friendship between Israel and the United States, will remain strong. We look forward to continue to work together for a better and safer tomorrow. On behalf of all the people of Israel, I congratulate my friend President Obama, Vice President Biden, and all the people of the United States of America, on this very special Independence Day. Mazal Tov!"