Florida Senate - 2018                            (NP)    SR 1054
       By Senator Campbell
       38-01640-18                                           20181054__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the 70th anniversary of the
    3         founding of the modern State of Israel and reaffirming
    4         the bonds of close friendship and cooperation between
    5         the State of Florida and Israel.
    7         WHEREAS, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations General
    8  Assembly voted to partition the British Mandate for Palestine
    9  and create a Jewish state, and
   10         WHEREAS, on May 14, 1948, the people of Israel proclaimed
   11  the establishment of the sovereign and independent State of
   12  Israel, and the United States Government established full
   13  diplomatic relations with Israel, and
   14         WHEREAS, the desire of the Jewish people to establish an
   15  independent modern State of Israel is an outgrowth of the
   16  historic kingdom of Israel established in the land of Israel
   17  3,000 years ago, with the city of Jerusalem as its capital, and
   18         WHEREAS, for more than 2,000 years, there has been a
   19  continuous Jewish presence and residence in the lands comprising
   20  the modern State of Israel, and
   21         WHEREAS, the establishment of the modern State of Israel as
   22  a homeland for the Jewish people followed World War II and the
   23  slaughter of more than 6 million European Jews during the
   24  Holocaust, and
   25         WHEREAS, since its establishment 70 years ago, the modern
   26  State of Israel has rebuilt a nation, forged a new and dynamic
   27  democratic society, and created a thriving economic, political,
   28  cultural, and intellectual life despite the heavy costs of war,
   29  terrorism, and unjustified diplomatic and economic boycotts
   30  against the people of Israel, and
   31         WHEREAS, Israel has developed an advanced, entrepreneurial
   32  economy, is among the world’s leaders in the high-tech industry,
   33  and is at the forefront of research and development in the field
   34  of renewable energy sources, and
   35         WHEREAS, Israel regularly sends humanitarian aid, search
   36  and-rescue teams, mobile hospitals, and other emergency supplies
   37  to help victims of disasters around the world and has absorbed
   38  millions of Jews from other countries and fully integrated these
   39  immigrants into Israeli society, and
   40         WHEREAS, for 7 decades, the United States and Israel have
   41  maintained a special relationship based on shared democratic
   42  values, common strategic interests, and moral bonds of
   43  friendship and mutual respect, NOW, THEREFORE,
   45  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   47         That the members of the Senate recognize the independence
   48  of the State of Israel as a significant event in providing
   49  refuge and a national homeland for the Jewish people and in
   50  establishing a democracy in the Middle East; commend the
   51  bipartisan commitment of successive United States
   52  administrations and United States Congresses since 1948 to stand
   53  by Israel and work for its security and well-being; assert their
   54  commitment to continue to stand with Israel during times of
   55  uncertainty; express support for Israel’s right to exist as a
   56  democratic, Jewish State, to defend itself, and to protect the
   57  lives and safety of the Israeli people; congratulate the United
   58  States and Israel for the strengthening of bilateral relations
   59  during the past decade in the fields of defense, diplomacy, and
   60  homeland security and encourage both nations to continue their
   61  cooperation in resolving future mutual challenges; reaffirm
   62  their unequivocal, enduring, and bipartisan support for the
   63  alliance and friendship between the United States and Israel;
   64  and extend warm congratulations and best wishes to the people of
   65  Israel as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of
   66  the modern State of Israel.