I would like to congratulate President Bush on his reelection and wish him success on his second term in office.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

I would like to congratulate President Bush on his reelection and wish him success on his second term in office.

The United States, with President Bush at its head, has provided strong leadership in the international fight against the forces of extremism, and has made a lasting contribution to peace and stability. The American people have now spoken in support of this leadership and the need to follow through with the critical mission of advancing the values of democracy and freedom; liberty and opportunity.

Israel and the United States have been strategic allies for decades. This partnership is based on deep-rooted, common values and a commitment to peace that is shared across the entire political spectrum in both countries.

The United States has been the driving international force in all of Israel’s efforts to reach peace with her neighbors. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton facilitated the historic peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan respectively, and President George Bush, Sr. convened the Madrid peace conference in 1991. We hope that during President Bush’s second term, we can complete the circle of peace and deliver a better future to all peoples of the region.