It is with great pleasure that I extend my warmest greetings to the Jewish community in Canada as you celebrate the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel.
Since its formation in 1948, Israel has grown in strength and stature. “The Miracle in the Desert” transformed an arid Mediterranean plain into an abundant and productive landscape. The Jewish people built a nation of freedom and peace with perseverance and enduring faith. Israel’s very existence is a testament to the spirit of its people and the power of hope.
As fellow Canadians, we can all take pride in the pivotal role Canada played in crafting the United Nations resolution that led to this defining moment in history. Through six decades of triumph and tragedy, Canada has been a stalwart friend to Israel and we will continue to stand together to realize the goal of freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law for all people in the region.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, please accept my best wishes for a memorable and enjoyable celebration.
The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada