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Celebrating 4th of July; America and Israel’s Strong Bond
On July 4th, Americans across the country will celebrate Independence Day, many American Jews among them. Long before the rebirth of the State of Israel, the Declaration of Independence of the United States gave Jews unprecedented freedoms. One Jewish professor has noted that Jews should therefore celebrate American Independence Day as a “sacred occasion.”
Under normal circumstances, many Jews in Israel will also participate in 4th of July activities offered in the Holy Land, showcasing the strong bond between America and Israel. While the holiday’s celebration will likely look different this year in light of the covid-19 pandemic, it is evident that Israel and the United States are strong allies. We are two nations forged in shared democratic values, engaged in a united fight against those that seek to destroy the Western way of life, and ordained with a common destiny.
The United States was the first country to recognize Israel’s independence in 1948, and the first country to recognize Israel’s right to claim Jerusalem as its capital. Israel’s close relationship with the United States has benefited both our countries tremendously. Our countries strengthen each other through national security cooperation, joint military training and shared military technology, mutual economic investment, and scientific research and development.
As we prepare to celebrate American Independence Day, we also revel in the close friendship between Israel and the United States.
Share this lesson with your friends, family, and coworkers so they can appreciate the strong bond between America and Israel, too!
Please read CUFI’s primer, “US Security Assistance to Israel.”