Obama letter to Peres: U.S. commitment to Israel ‘strong’

WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Obama said the United States "remains steadfast in its commitment to Israel’s security and a comprehensive peace in the region" in an Independence Day message to Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The letter, sent April 18 to mark Israel’s Independence Day, which falls on Thursday, said that "based on shared values and interests, the bonds between our two countries are deep and strong."

"In a time of momentous change, the United States remains steadfast in its commitment to Israel’s security and a comprehensive peace in the region," the letter reportedly said.

Obama concluded: "As we work together to pursue common goals and meet shared challenges, I wish the State of Israel continued prosperity and a peaceful future."

In an address Monday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the president said in a speech that he would "always be there for Israel." He also cited the steps he has taken to isolate Iran because of its suspected nuclear weapons program.

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