42 US Govenors declare: America stands firmly with Israel's people
NEW YORK Forty-two of the nation's 50 governors signed declarations today that express support for Israel, endorsing its right to live in peace and security, Gov. George Pataki of New York announced.
"Today, governors from around the country send a powerful message that America stands firmly with the people of Israel, united in our belief that a true and lasting peace in the Middle East can only come with a safe and secure Israel," Pataki said.
In an effort headed by Pataki, a Republican, and Gov. Gray Davis of California, a Democrat, a declaration of principles was sent out to the nation's governors on April 15, two days before Israel's 54th anniversary.
Although the texts adopted by the Republican governors differs slightly from that adopted by the Democrats, both declarations state their support for Israel and their opposition to terror attacks; recognize the US and Israel as allies in...