OTTAWA, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement in celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut:
"Today, we celebrate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel with our Israeli friends and Jewish communities, both here in Canada, and around the world.
"The State of Israel is a thriving and vibrant country, which Canada is proud to call a close partner and steadfast ally.
"Canada and Israel unite in their people-to-people ties, shared values, respect for democracy, and growing trade relationship. I look forward to continuing to strengthen our strong friendship.
"Although today is a joyous day, let us also reflect on the threat that Israel and its people continue to face throughout the world in the form of terrorist attacks, acts of anti-Semitism, and religious intolerance. Canada stands with Israel and will continue to promote peace and stability in the region.
"On behalf of Sophie and our children, I wish everyone celebrating Israel's Independence Day a Yom Ha'atzmaut Sameach. Shalom."
SOURCE Prime Minister's Office
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