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Obama congratulates Israel on 61 anniversary of independence

The US bond with Israel is "as unshakeable as ever" as both nations pursue peace, President Obama said on Israel's 61st birthday.

"On behalf of the people of the United States, President Obama congratulates the people and government of Israel on the 61st anniversary of Israel's independence," said the statement issued Tuesday by the White House. "The United States was the first country to recognize Israel in 1948, minutes after its declaration of independence, and the deep bonds of friendship between the US and Israel remain as strong and unshakable as ever.

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