Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut:
“Today, we celebrate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel with our Israeli friends and Jewish communities, both here in Canada, and around the world.
“The State of Israel is a thriving and vibrant country, which Canada is proud to call a close partner and steadfast ally.
“Canada and Israel unite in their people-to-people ties, shared values, respect for democracy, and growing trade relationship. I look forward to continuing to strengthen our strong friendship.
“Although today is a joyous day, let us also reflect on the threat that Israel and its people continue to face throughout the world in the form of terrorist attacks, acts of anti-Semitism, and religious intolerance. Canada stands with Israel and will continue to promote peace and stability in the region.
“On behalf of Sophie and our children, I wish everyone celebrating Israel’s Independence Day a Yom Ha’Atzmaut Sameach. Shalom.”
Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose issued the following statement in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut:
“[Today], we mark the 68th anniversary of the foundation of the State of Israel.
“This day commemorates the realization of the Jewish people’s ancient dream to establish a modern Jewish state in their historic homeland.
“The story of Israel is a great example to the world. Overcoming unimaginable suffering and tragedy, the people of Israel have built a vibrant society, an innovative economy, and a democracy that is an example to the world.
“Canadians are rightly proud of our deep friendship with Israel, which is rooted in the values we share. We will always defend the right of the Jewish people to live in peace and freedom in their ancestral homeland, and we will always stand up for Israel against efforts to delegitimize and demonize the world’s only Jewish state.
“Despite the constant threat to their existence, Israel and its people have flourished, and have much to take pride in today.
“I wish everyone celebrating Israel’s Independence Day a Yom Ha’Atzmaut Sameach.”