Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo delivered the keynote address at the Israeli Embassy’s Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. In his remarks, Secretary Pompeo said:
"I’ll close by returning to David Ben-Gurion. After reading the declaration back in 1948, he was careful to ensure that a copy of it was placed safely in a deposit box – just in case.
"He was certainly smart to do so. But I think he’d be pleased to know that that document’s greatest repository has been in the Israeli people themselves – just as the greatest guardians of Jefferson’s work are Americans past and present.
"Today, individual liberty, democratic self-governance, and national sovereignty are the cornerstones of our two societies. And along with our Judeo-Christian heritage, they underlie our countries’ permanent excellent relationship.
"I’m confident that this will continue into the future.
"And I want to say to all here tonight, happy Independence Day. Thank you for being here. And may God bless you all, Israel, and the United States of America."
Read the Secretary's full remarks here.