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Israel Independence Day
Israel embassy holds first independence celebration in Cairo in seven years
Though the event was attended mostly by foreign diplomats, a few Egyptians attended; analysts called it a sign of warming ties between Israel and Egypt.
40 dignitaries to attend dedication of US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14
The embassy will at first operate out of the U.S. consulate space in Jerusalem; the construction of a brand-new complex is in the works.
Flyby a reminder ‘that we are standing watch,’ says Israeli squadron commander
A public show (not a showing off) of force on Israel’s Independence Day . . . in the air, on the seas and at ground level.
World leaders congratulate the Jewish state on 70 years
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England wrote: “It is my pleasure to congratulate you warmly on the occasion of Independence Day, warm wishes for the joy and happiness of all of Israel’s citizens in the coming year.”
Transitioning from mourning to celebration, Israelis kick off 70th-year joy in Jerusalem
“There are those who seek to extinguish the light that emanates from Zion. I promise you; it will not happen,” says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the largest celebration of statehood to date.
Israelis and the Independence Day barbecue: Cooking up an annual tradition
And along with the grilled food comes some history of the holiday, including Passover being the original Independence Day.
300 Intel drones to light skies over Jerusalem at Israel Independence celebration
Intel’s Shooting Star quadcopters, equipped with LED bulbs capable of more than 4 billion color combinations and weighing just 12 ounces a piece, will create images of the Star of David, the walls of Jerusalem, Theodor Herzl and more, along with music.
Putting the Zionism back into Religious Zionism for Israel’s 70th
Through the Mizrachi World Movement and the Religious Zionists of America, inspirational rabbis, academics and other leaders from Israel hope to bring the spirit of Israel to Diaspora communities.
College parties like no other, bringing Israel into the mix
The Jewish state’s 70th birthday is being celebrated in festive ways on more than 160 campuses across the United States.
Walking in the footsteps of those who battled in 1948
Participants in joint military-civilian tours of War of Independence sites learned about acts of bravery that turned events around and left a mark on Israeli history.
‘Betsy Ross of Israel’ flag donated to archives at Ben-Gurion University
The 70th anniversary of the Jewish state seemed the appropriate time to find a permanent home for an item of import and history.
Israel proves exceptional, once again
The very existence of a Jewish state, whatever its flaws, is grounds for rejoicing.
Seventy years of sacrifice: A global salute to Israel’s fallen soldiers
Launched in February, “Yizkereim: Honor Israel's Fallen” has already collected more than 21,000 acts of chesed (“kindness”), be it public service, prayer, Torah learning or tzedakah (“charity”) by a Jew somewhere in the world in the memory of the fallen.
Alan Dershowitz on Israel at 70: ‘A Light Unto the World’
“No country in the history of the world ever contributed more to the welfare of humankind in such a short period of time than Israel,” affirms the longtime professor, lawyer and author, soon to turn 80.
Five of Israel’s latest ‘miracles’ leading up to its 69th birthday