R 213
2017 -- S 0848
Enacted 05/02/2017

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Goldin, Miller, Raptakis, Algiere, and Satchell
Date Introduced: May 02, 2017

     WHEREAS, May 2, 2017, the 6th of Iyar, 5777, of the Hebrew calendar, marks the 69th
Anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel; and
     WHEREAS, The desire of the Jewish people to establish an independent modern State of
Israel is the outgrowth of the existence of the historic Kingdom of Israel established three
thousand years ago in the city of Jerusalem and in the land of Israel; and
     WHEREAS, On November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly voted to
partition the British Mandate of Palestine and, through that vote, to create the State of Israel; and
     WHEREAS, Three years after the end of World War II and the death of six million Jews
in the Holocaust, David Ben Gurion's Declaration of Independence for Israel, made on May 14,
1948, fulfilled a spiritual yearning that had remained unrealized for over two millennia; and
     WHEREAS, On the day that the British formally ended its Mandate over Palestine, the
Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel was signed by members of the National
Council gathered at the Tel Aviv Museum and went into effect at midnight. Thus, the State of
Israel was proclaimed and the United States recognized and established full diplomatic relations
with Israel that same day; and
     WHEREAS, The United States has played a critical role in the development of Israel and
has been steadfast in its commitment to helping the people of Israel develop their own economy
and secure their own peace. President Harry S. Truman, the first head of state to grant Israel
diplomatic recognition, expressed its special place in the hearts of Americans when he declared,
"I had faith in Israel before it was established, and I have faith in it now. I believe it has a glorious
future before it--not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our
civilization"; and
     WHEREAS, In May of 1948, Israel had a tiny population of some 650,000 Jews. Today,
with a population more than twelve times larger, the State of Israel has a stronger economy and
military than its founders ever envisioned. It has built a thriving economy larger than the
economies of all its immediate neighbors combined and it excels in science, technology, and
culture; and
     WHEREAS, Rhode Islanders have shared an affinity with the people of Israel and our
partnership is steadfast. The bonds of friendship and cooperation which have existed between
Israel and Rhode Island for the past sixty-nine years have enriched the cultural diversity of our
state's tapestry and they are eternal; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby applauds one of the most vibrant democracies in history on the 69th Anniversary of its
founding and extends our warmest congratulations and best wishes to the State of Israel and her
people for a peaceful, prosperous, and successful future; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That this Senate hereby seeks to strengthen its State-to-State relationship
and public and private cooperation with the State of Israel, its government, business sector,
educational institutions, civil society, and person-to-person exchanges to promote mutual respect
between all the people of Israel and the State of Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Jeffrey K. Savit, President and CEO of the
Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, and Yehuda Yaakov, Consul General of Israel.