Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement today celebrating the 65th anniversary of Israel's independence, Yom Ha'atzmaut:
"On behalf British Columbia, I want to congratulate and join Israelis everywhere in celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.
"Since its creation in 1948, Israel has faced many threats and overcome many challenges, yet its commitment to its people and the democracy in which they live has never wavered.
"Israel has emerged a strong and prosperous economy whose technology and innovation have helped change the world for the better.
"British Columbia is keen to continue to build its social and economic relations with Israel, based on shared values. My government will continue to show its long-lasting friendship with Israel through further collaboration in clean technology, health sciences and academia.
"Best wishes to Israel on Yom Ha'atzmaut, and British Columbia looks forward to the next 65 years."
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