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President Obama wished Israel a happy Independence Day on Tuesday, calling it a diverse and vibrant "start-up nation" that stands for entrepreneurship and innovation.

"Generations of Jews dreamed of the day when the Jewish people would have their own state in their historic homeland, and 66 years ago today that dream came true," Obama said in a written statement.

Noting that the United States was the first nation to formally recognize Israel back in 1948, Obama said that "today we are still the first to come to Israel's defense." The U.S. commitment to Israel's security "has never been stronger," he said.

Obama and aides have clashed with Israeli leaders during talks of a peace deal with the Palestinians, efforts that the president said will continue.

"We will continue to work with Israel to support a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, one that ensures that the Israelis will live alongside their neighbors in peace and with security," Obama said.



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