Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary Independence Day. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

“Warm wishes for the joy and happiness to all of Israel’s citizens in the coming year,” Queen Elizabeth wrote Israel. 


Leaders from around the world sent letters of congratulations to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on the occasion of Israel’s 70th Independence Day.

US President Donald Trump issued effusive congratulations to Israel on the occasion of the country’s 70th anniversary, saying the United States has “no better friends anywhere,” and reiterating his pledge to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Best wishes to Prime Minister @Netanyahu and all of the people of Israel on the 70th Anniversary of your Great Independence,” Trump tweeted on Israel’s Memorial Day on Wednesday, commemorated the day before Independence Day. “We have no better friends anywhere. Looking forward to moving our Embassy to Jerusalem next month!”

US Vice President Mike Pence echoed Trump’s good wishes, tweeting: “Today we join our great ally Israel as they celebrate their 70th Anniversary of Independence. The miracle of Israel’s rebirth in her historic homeland is an inspiration to the world & the American people are proud to stand w/ Israel on this historic day and every day. #Israel70”

Netanyahu retweeted Trump’s message and replied: “Thank you, President Trump! We too have no better friend than America. We are greatly looking forward to your moving the embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital.”

A letter from Trump to Rivlin stated that “President Truman spoke a lot about the pride he felt when he supported the establishment of the State of Israel, as I have declared in the past, I announced the transfer of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, one of my proud moments as President of the United States. We will continue to stand by you as we have done in the last seven decades, and I hope to further deepen our historic friendship and to witness Israel’s prosperity.”

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England wrote in her letter: “It is my pleasure to congratulate you warmly on the occasion of Independence Day, warm wishes for the joy and happiness of all of Israel’s citizens in the coming year.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote “Congratulations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the declaration of independence of the State of Israel. I would like to note the excellent relations that exist between the two countries. I am confident that together we will continue to develop bilateral dialogue and fruitful cooperation in economy, science, technology and humanitarian assistance for the sake of our nations and for the sake of strengthening peace, stability and security in the Middle East.”

Additional world leaders to send congratulations included United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.