Peres praises U.S. at 4th of July celebration


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States “remains a beacon of hope for the values of freedom, peace and justice around the globe,” Israeli President Shimon Peres said at a Fourth of July celebration.

US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro hosted his annual Independence Day party Thursday in the backyard of the ambassador’s residence in Herzliya. The area was decorated in red, white and blue balloons and traditional bunting. Food stands represented American eats including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Subway and Domino’s Pizza.

“Your history is a history of giving. America is the greatest giver in modern history. A bastion of democracy and peace,” Peres said.

“Israel, though small in size, will remain great in its commitment of friendship to America.  Israel could not have a better friend than America,” he said.

Peres called for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, and reiterated Israel’s commitment to backing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to bring both sides to the peace negotiating table.

Peres concluded: “Both our countries are on a moving journey to improve the world. Tikkun Olam. This journey goes on. Until the Promised Land becomes a Land of Promise.

God bless America. God bless Israel. And God bless peace.”

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