Press Release

Gillibrand Honors Israel’s 61st Year of Statehood

Apr 29, 2009

– U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today congratulated Israel as it celebrates
its 61st year of statehood.

“For 61 years, Israel has been a beacon
of democracy and freedom in the Middle East. I congratulate Israel and all of
its citizens for this lasting achievement.

“The challenges Israel faces will never be challenges they face alone. A threat
to Israel is a threat to America. We will always be at Israel’s side, working
tirelessly to ensure its safety, security and prosperity.

“I pledge to use my seat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee to ensure
Israel’s security, and continue building on the strong, enduring friendship
that America and Israel share.”

Gillibrand has consistently been a strong voice for Israel.  While in the
House of Representatives, Senator Gillibrand cosponsored critical legislation
to recognize Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza and
reaffirm America’s support for Israel.