We live in a complex world and at a challenging time. And none of these challenges lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, but all of them require American leadership…if we stay patient and determined, that we will, in fact, meet these challenges.
President Obama in his remarks on foreign policy challenges, July 16, 2014.
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On this day, May 14, 1948, the United States became the first country to recognize the State of Israel.
At midnight, the Provisional Government of Israel declared the establishment of the State of Israel. At 6:11 pm that same day, President Truman released a statement recognizing the new state and the provisional Jewish government as its de facto authority. 
The following day, after issuing a response statement, armies from nearby Arab states invaded Israel, beginning the first Arab-Israeli war.
Photo: Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President of Israel, presents a Torah, or Holy Scroll, to President Truman during a visit to the White House. Donor: Rabbi Phillip S. Bernstein. May 25, 1948.
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ourpresidents:

On this day, May 14, 1948, the United States became the first country to recognize the State of Israel.

At midnight, the Provisional Government of Israel declared the establishment of the State of Israel. At 6:11 pm that same day, President Truman released a statement recognizing the new state and the provisional Jewish government as its de facto authority. 

The following day, after issuing a response statement, armies from nearby Arab states invaded Israel, beginning the first Arab-Israeli war.

Photo: Dr. Chaim Weizmann, President of Israel, presents a Torah, or Holy Scroll, to President Truman during a visit to the White House. Donor: Rabbi Phillip S. Bernstein. May 25, 1948.

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Ariel Sharon’s journey was Israel’s journey. The dream of Israel was the cause of his life, and he risked it all to live that dream.
Secretary Kerry on the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
We told these American college students studying in Israel that they’d be speaking to the State Department spokesperson at their seminar… Surprise! Secretary Kerry stopped by for a chat as well.

We told these American college students studying in Israel that they’d be speaking to the State Department spokesperson at their seminar… Surprise! Secretary Kerry stopped by for a chat as well.

Israel has to be strong to make peace. And we also know that peace will make Israel stronger not just with its near neighbors, but throughout the world.
Secretary Kerry, January 2, 2014
A careful balance of strength and diplomacy gives us the best chance to reach our common goal, and to do so without having to resort to force.
Secretary Kerry at the Saban Forum, December 7, 2013
'Heartbeat' Shares Message of Peace Through Music at the State Department
On November 8, 2013, I met with members of the musical group and interfaith organization Heartbeat, before their concert at the George C. Marshall Center at the State Department. These young Israelis and Palestinians are working together to build trust between their communities by creating music that calls for peace and understanding from both sides.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on September 30, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on September 30, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

We all understand the goal that we’re working towards: two states living side by side in peace and security. Two states because two proud peoples each deserve a country to call their own. Two states because the children of both peoples deserve the opportunity to realize their legitimate aspirations in security and in freedom. And two states because the time has come for a lasting peace.
Secretary Kerry on the Middle East Peace Talks on July 30, 2013. Watch the full video of his remarks here

Check out these photos from Secretary Kerry hosting an Iftar dinner for Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat at the State Department on July 29, 2013. Have a look and try to identify the other people in the photo.