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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on the 50th Anniversary of the State of Israel
Washington, D.C., April 30, 1998
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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On the joyous occasion of the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel, I congratulate the government and people of Israel for their remarkable achievement in establishing a dynamic and flourishing democratic state over the past half century. The historic mission of Israelís founders, to provide a land in which the promise of peace, security and well-being could at last be realized for the Jewish people, and from which the hand of peace and good-neighborliness would be extended to all, continues both as an inspiration and a beacon of future progress.

So much has been accomplished, as the people of Israel reflect on their many successes in transforming their pioneer state into a prosperous and secure member of the community of nations. Now as Israel celebrates what has been achieved, it also looks to the future and to the vision of a better life, of greater security and a just, comprehensive and lasting peace between its people and all the peoples of the Middle East. We share that vision and the conviction that such an enduring peace with genuine security can soon be realized.

For fifty years, since President Trumanís recognition of Israelís independence, in times of joy and moments of sorrow, the United States has stood with the people of Israel and remained steadfast in its support for Israelís security. Today, the American people join with all of Israel in this moment of pride and hope.

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