|—||President Obama in his remarks on foreign policy challenges, July 16, 2014.|
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.
|—||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.
|—||Secretary Kerry, January 2, 2014|
|—||Secretary Kerry at the Saban Forum, December 7, 2013|
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]
|—||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.