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Mr. Michael Levitt (York Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, today is Yom Ha’atzmaut, celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence. Yesterday, on Yom Hazikaron, Israelis stood silently in their workplaces and on the streets, and stopped on highways to solemnly remember the fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror.
Today, we proudly celebrate Israel’s miraculous independence. For 70 years, Israel has been a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, and we count it today as a steadfast friend, partner, and ally.
As chair of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group, I am proud to continue fostering strong ties between Canadians and Israelis. I have had the pleasure of visiting Israel countless times, and I am always left in awe by the spirit and vibrancy shown by its citizens. Even in the face of great adversity, Israel stands proud and strong. As we mark Yom Ha’atzmaut, Canada stands proud and strong with them.
Yom Ha’atzmaut sameach.
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