US President Barack Obama on Friday said America's bond with Israel is unbreakable as it is the bond of two peoples that share a commitment to a common set of ideals - opportunity, democracy and freedom.
"Even as we never waver in pursuing peace between Israelis, Palestinians, and Arabs, our bond with Israel is unbreakable. It is the bond of two peoples that share a commitment to a common set of ideals: opportunity, democracy and freedom," Obama said in his remarks at a reception in honour of Jewish American Heritage Month.
Obama said contributions of the Jewish community to America run deeper.
"As a product of history and faith, Jewish Americans have helped to open our eyes to injustice, to people in need, and to the simple idea that we ought to recognize ourselves in the struggles of our fellow men and women," he said.
"That is what has led Jewish advocates to fight for women's equality and workers' rights. That is what led rabbis to preach against racism from the bimah - and to lead congregants on marches and protests to stop segregation," Obama said.
That is what helped lead America to recognize and support Israel as a Jewish homeland and a beacon for democratic values.