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Bill Johnson Statement on Israel's Independence Day

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Washington, May 9, 2019 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement to commemorate Israel’s 71st anniversary:
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement to commemorate Israel’s 71st anniversary:

“Today, we celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Israelis have demonstrated immense bravery and remarkable restraint as they continue to face aggression from Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and its immediate neighbors over its right to exist as the nation state of the Jewish people.

The celebration of Israel’s 71st anniversary comes after a weekend of violence – with nearly 700 rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. This latest attack must be met with the strongest condemnation. It is undeniable that Israel has the right to exist in peace, security and stability, and I fully support Israel’s right to defend itself against any actions that may endanger Israeli national security and the safety of the Israeli people.

For 71 years, Israel has been a shining light of democracy in the Middle East and I look forward to celebrating its centenary in 2048.”

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