The US has reiterated its "unbreakable bond" with Israel, expressing confidence that Washington-Tel Aviv relations will strengthen further in the future.
"Israel remains our important partner and key strategic ally in the Middle East," President Barack Obama said Monday, on the occasion of the anniversary of the formation of the Israeli regime.
"We continue to share a strong, unbreakable bond of friendship between our two nations, anchored by the United States’ enduring commitment to Israel’s security," he said in a statement released by the White House.
"I am confident that our special relationship will only be strengthened in the months and years to come," he added, hailing Israel’s "deep and abiding friendship with the American people."
On Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she and Obama both shared "a deep personal commitment to Israel," and vowed that the US would not waver in "protecting Israel’s security and promoting Israel’s future."
"The United States will continue to stand with you, sharing your risks and helping shoulder your burdens, as we face the future together," she said in a statement.
Clinton also noted that in 1948 it took President Harry Truman just 11 minutes to recognize Israel. "And ever since, the United States has stood with you in solidarity," she recalled.
The remarks come amid media reports indicating the bilateral ties between Israel and its traditional guardian have been strained over the Middle East peace process.
In March, Israel announced plans to build 1,600 settlements in annexed East Jerusalem (al-Quds), while US Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel to facilitate the Washington-sponsored "proximity talks" with the Palestinians.
The US Secretary of State later called the Israeli move "insulting."
US officials, however, rejected any tensions between Washington and Tel Aviv, and underscored the "unbreakable bond" between the long-time allies.