Washington, DC— Today, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a resolution celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. The resolution calls for the establishment of robust bilateral and multilateral relations between the United States, its allies, and the State of Israel, including the encouragement of diplomatic relations and constructive and fair treatment of Israel on the world stage.

“Israel has no stronger friend than Orrin Hatch. On the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, it is finally time that we recognize its importance to world stability and peace,” Hatch said. “Israel is our most important ally in the Middle East and a vital partner in advancing US security interests in the region, and it deserves to be treated fairly by other members of the world community. I hope that my colleagues and our international partners will join me in supporting and celebrating the miracle that is Israel.”

“This resolution recognizes and celebrates one of our closest allies,” Booker said. “Israel, like the U.S., remains a beacon of democracy throughout the world and this resolution affirms the shared commitment and unshakeable bond between our two countries. I have seen first-hand the resilience of the Israeli people in the face of a number of threats and I’m proud to co-author this legislation that endorses the special nature of our relationship, which transcends party lines and partisan politics.”


The Resolution:

  • Calls for equitable treatment of Israel in international fora;

  • Urges United Nations member states to support Israel’s future candidacy for the United Nations Security Council;

  • Encourages the diplomatic recognition of the State of Israel and robust engagement with Israel from all United States allies and from governments across the globe; and

  • Reiterates its support for a negotiated settlement leading to a sustainable two-state solution with the democratic, Jewish state of Israel and a demilitarized, democratic Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace and security.

The resolution is a Senate companion to H.Res. 835, introduced by Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Albio Sires (D-NJ).