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Full Text of SR1777  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General
3Assembly voted to partition British Mandatory Palestine into a
4Jewish state and a Arab state, a decision welcomed by Jewish
5leadership; and
6    WHEREAS, On May 14, 1948, the people of Israel proclaimed
7the establishment of the sovereign and independent state of
8Israel, and the United States government established full
9diplomatic relations after Israel's first election in 1949; and
10    WHEREAS, The desire of the Jewish people to establish an
11independent modern state of Israel is directly linked to the
12existence of the historic kingdom of Israel established in the
13land of Israel 3,000 years ago, with the city of Jerusalem as
14its capital; and
15    WHEREAS, For over 2,000 years, Jews living in other parts
16of the world maintained a profound spiritual and emotional
17connection to the Land of Israel, and there has been continuous
18Jewish presence in the land comprising the modern state of
19Israel; and
20    WHEREAS, The establishment of the modern state of Israel as
21a homeland for the Jewish people followed the destruction of



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1much of European Jewry during the Holocaust; and
2    WHEREAS, Since its establishment 70 years ago, the modern
3State of Israel has rebuilt the nation, forged a new and
4dynamic society, and created a thriving economic, political,
5cultural, and intellectual life despite the heavy burdens of
6war, terrorism, and unjustified diplomatic and economic
7boycotts against the people of Israel; and
8    WHEREAS, The people of Israel, in the spirit of Israel's
9Declaration of Independence, have established a vibrant,
10pluralistic, democratic political system, which includes
11freedom of speech, association, and religion, a vigorously free
12press, free, fair, and open elections, the rule of law, a fully
13independent judiciary, and other democratic principles and
14practices; and
15    WHEREAS, Israel has developed some of the world's leading
16universities; and
17    WHEREAS, Israel has developed an advanced, entrepreneurial
18economy, is among the world's leaders of the high-tech
19industry, and is at the forefront of research and development
20in the fields of renewable energy sources and medicine; and
21    WHEREAS, Israel regularly sends humanitarian aid, search



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1and rescue teams, mobile hospitals, and other emergency
2supplies, to help victims of disasters around the world; and
3    WHEREAS, Israel has taken in millions of Jews from
4countries throughout the world and sought to fully integrate
5them into Israeli society; and
6    WHEREAS, Israel, with courage and high ethical standards,
7has defended itself from repeated attacks since its
8independence; and
9    WHEREAS, Israel has established peaceful bilateral
10relations with Egypt and Jordan and has sought to achieve a
11secure peace with the Palestinians and Israel's other Arab
12neighbors; and
13    WHEREAS, For seven decades, the United States, Illinois,
14and Israel have maintained a special relationship based on
15mutually shared democratic and moral values, common strategic
16interests, and bonds of friendship and mutual respect; and
17    WHEREAS, The American people and people of Illinois feel a
18strong affinity for the Israeli people based on common values
19and shared cultural heritage; and
20    WHEREAS, The United States and Illinois continue to regard



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1Israel as a trusted ally and vital strategic partner in the
2volatile Middle East; therefore, be it
4ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we recognize the
5historic significance of the 70th anniversary of the
6reestablishment of the sovereign and independent state of
7Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people; and be it further
8    RESOLVED, That we reaffirm the bonds of friendship and
9cooperation which have existed between the United States,
10Illinois, and Israel for the past 70 years, and commit to
11strengthening those bonds; and be it further
12    RESOLVED, That we commend the people of Israel for their
13remarkable achievements in building a new state and a
14pluralistic, democratic society in the face of terrorism, as
15well as hostility, ostracism, and belligerence from many of
16their neighbors; and be it further
17    RESOLVED, That we reaffirm our support for Israel's right
18to defend itself against threats to its security and existence;
19and be it further
20    RESOLVED, That we reaffirm our enduring support for Israel
21as Israel pursues peace with its neighbors; and be it further



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1    RESOLVED, That we extend the warmest congratulations and
2best wishes to the state of Israel and Israeli people for a
3peaceful and prosperous future.