Hoyer Floor Statement on Israel's Independence Day

Sixty four years ago, the State of Israel was born out from the hope of the generations and on the heels of history’s darkest human tragedy.  Notwithstanding the many grave challenges it has faced since that day and still in our time, Israel has achieved a thriving economy, a strong national defense, and an important role as a member of the family of nations.  Israel’s existence itself is a powerful symbol of the Jewish people’s resolve never again to permit its sons and daughters to face the threat of persecution or genocide.