For Immediate Release
April 27, 2009
Contact: Jaryn Emhof
Statement by Senate President Jeff Atwater regarding Israel’s Memorial Day
“The strong relationship between Florida and Israel is rooted in our shared values and mutual interests. The US and Israeli democracies have been allies and friends for six decades. This year, the Florida Senate passed a Resolution expressing solidarity with Israel in its defense of freedom and independence. The people of Israel have demonstrated great courage in the face of unspeakable horrors and indiscriminate attacks upon their civilian population.
Today on Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, I and my many fellow Floridians remember those who gave their lives for the State of Israel in the War for Independence and in subsequent wars of defense.
Florida and Israel are tied to each other through economic trade, culture and education but mostly by our great people. Florida is fortunate to have one of the largest Jewish communities in America, a true bridge between our two nations.
I am very proud that Florida’s support for Israel is consistently bi-partisan and I congratulate Israel on her 61st year of Independence.”