Florida Senate - 2012                            (NP)    SR 1396
       By Senator Hays
       20-01245-12                                           20121396__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution commending the nation of Israel for its
    3         cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with the
    4         United States and with the State of Florida.
    6         WHEREAS, Israel has been granted her lands under and
    7  through the oldest recorded deed, as recorded in the Old
    8  Testament, a tome of scripture held sacred and revered by Jews
    9  and Christians, alike, as presenting the acts and words of God,
   10  and
   11         WHEREAS, the claim and presence of the Jewish people in
   12  Israel has remained constant throughout the past 4,000 years of
   13  history, and
   14         WHEREAS, the legal basis for the establishment of the State
   15  of Israel was a binding resolution under international law,
   16  which was unanimously adopted by the League of Nations in 1922
   17  and subsequently affirmed by both houses of the United States
   18  Congress, and
   19         WHEREAS, this resolution affirmed the establishment of a
   20  national home for the Jewish people in the historical region of
   21  the Land of Israel, including areas of Judea, Samaria, and
   22  Jerusalem, and
   23         WHEREAS, Article 80 of the United Nations charter
   24  recognized the continued validity of the rights granted to
   25  states or peoples which already existed under international
   26  instruments, and, therefore, the 1922 League of Nations
   27  resolution remains valid, and the 650,000 Jews currently
   28  residing in the areas of Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem
   29  reside there legitimately, and
   30         WHEREAS, Israel declared its independent control and
   31  governance of these lands on May 14, 1948, with the goal of
   32  reestablishing its God-given and legally recognized lands as a
   33  homeland for the Jewish people, and
   34         WHEREAS, the United States, having been the first country
   35  to recognize Israel as an independent nation and as Israel’s
   36  principal ally, has enjoyed a close and mutually beneficial
   37  relationship with Israel and her people, and
   38         WHEREAS, Israel is the greatest friend and ally of the
   39  United States in the Middle East and the values of our two
   40  nations are so intertwined that it is impossible to separate one
   41  from the other, and
   42         WHEREAS, there are those in the Middle East who have
   43  continually sought to destroy Israel, from the time of its
   44  inception as a state, and those same haters of Israel also hate,
   45  and seek to destroy, the United States, and
   46         WHEREAS, the State of Florida and Israel have enjoyed
   47  cordial and mutually beneficial relations since 1948, a
   48  friendship that continues to strengthen with each passing year,
   51  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   53         That the members of the Senate commend Israel for its
   54  cordial and mutually beneficial relationship with the United
   55  States and with the State of Florida and support Israel in its
   56  legal, historical, moral, and God-given right of self-governance
   57  and self-defense upon the entirety of its own lands, recognizing
   58  that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the
   59  lands of others, and that peace can be afforded the region only
   60  through a whole and united Israel governed under one law for all
   61  people.