2013 House Concurrent Resolution 1003 - Printed

State of South Dakota  


Introduced by:    Representatives Wick, Bartling, Bolin, Cammack, Cronin, Feickert, Feinstein, Gibson, Gosch, Greenfield, Hansen, Hawley, Heinemann (Leslie), Hoffman, Hunhoff (Bernie), Killer, Kirschman, Kopp, Latterell, Lust, May, Miller, Munsterman, Novstrup (David), Olson (Betty), Parsley, Qualm, Rasmussen, Rounds, Rozum, Schaefer, Sly, Stalzer, Steele, Tyler, Verchio, and Wink and Senators Johnston, Adelstein, Begalka, Bradford, Brown, Buhl, Ewing, Frerichs, Heineman (Phyllis), Holien, Hunhoff (Jean), Jensen, Jones, Kirkeby, Krebs, Lederman, Lucas, Maher, Monroe, Novstrup (Al), Olson (Russell), Omdahl, Otten (Ernie), Peters, Rampelberg, Rave, Rhoden, Soholt, Sutton, Tidemann, Tieszen, Van Gerpen, Vehle, Welke, and White

        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION, Commending the nation of Israel for its cordial relationship with the United States and with the State of South Dakota.
    WHEREAS, Israel has been granted her lands under and through the oldest recorded deed, as recorded in the Old Testament, a tome of scripture held sacred and revered by Jews and Christians, alike, as presenting the acts and words of God; and
    WHEREAS, the claim and presence of the Jewish people in Israel has remained constant throughout the past 4,000 years of history; and
    WHEREAS, the legal basis for the establishment of the State of Israel was a binding resolution under international law, which was unanimously adopted by the League of Nations in 1922 and subsequently affirmed by both houses of the United States Congress; and
    WHEREAS, this resolution affirmed the establishment of a national home for the Jewish

people in the historical region of the Land of Israel, including areas of Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem; and

    WHEREAS, Article 80 of the United Nations charter recognized the continued validity of the rights granted to states or peoples which already existed under international instruments. Therefore, the 1922 League of Nations resolution remains valid, and the 650,000 Jews currently residing in the areas of Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem reside there legitimately; and
    WHEREAS, Israel declared its independence and self-governance on May 14, 1948, with the goal of reestablishing its God-given and legally recognized lands as a homeland for the Jewish people; and
    WHEREAS, the United States, having been the first country to recognize Israel as an independent nation and as Israel's principal ally, has enjoyed a close relationship with Israel and her people; and
    WHEREAS, Israel is the greatest friend and ally of the United States in the Middle East, and the values of our two nations are so intertwined that it is impossible to separate one from the other; and
    WHEREAS, there are those in the Middle East who have continually sought to destroy Israel, from the time of its inception as a state, and many of those who demonstrate animosity toward Israel also demonstrate animosity toward the United States; and
    WHEREAS, the United States and the State of South Dakota and have enjoyed a cordial relationship with Israel since 1948, a friendship that continues to strengthen with each passing year:
    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Eighty-Eighth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate concurring therein, that the South Dakota Legislature commends Israel for its cordial and steadfast relationship with the United

States and with the State of South Dakota and supports Israel in its legal, historical, moral, and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon the entirety of its own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others, and that peace can be afforded the region only through a whole and united Israel governed under one law for all people.

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