WASHINGTON (Apr. 28)
President Kennedy today sent a message of congratulations to Israel on its 15th anniversary. The message, addressed to Kadish Luz, Acting President of Israel, reads:
“The people of the United States of America join me in extending to Your Excellency and to the people of Israel best wishes and heartiest congratulations on the 15th anniversary of the Independence of Israel.
“Like millions of Americans from every walk of life, I am saddened that our congratulations must be accompanied by profound regret over the death of Izhak Ben-Zvi, President of Israel for more than 10 of the 15 years marked by this anniversary. President Ben-Zvi left his imprint on a vital and fruitful era of Israel’s history. His wisdom and patience, his gentle but sure leadership were evident in every aspect of the nation’s life.
“It is a privilege for me at this time to pay our Nation’s tribute to Israel’s splendid growth and achievement during the past 15 years. New frontiers have been explored, a haven and a new way of life have been provided for countless thousands, and new and promising paths have been charted for the nation. We look forward with you to future proud horizons. “