Israeli FlagThe Jerusalem Post

Israelis celebrated 62 years since the founding of the Jewish state with fireworks and street parties after sundown on Monday 20th April. The festivities continued until sundown on Tuesday, with thousands flocking to parks and nature reserves for traditional barbecues and family gatherings. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the day as a “double miracle in the life of the Jewish people”. “The first miracle is the restoration of Jewish sovereignty,” Netanyahu said in an Independence Day message.

“The second miracle is what we’ve done since the establishment of the Jewish state. Israel is fast becoming a regional economic power and one of the world’s leading technological powers,” he said. Israel was founded on May 14, 1948, which according to the Jewish calendar corresponds this year to April 20. Celebrations began after a state ceremony that marks the annual transition from a day of mourning for Israel’s fallen to Independence Day celebrations.

Earlier in the day, traffic ground to a halt across Israel as drivers joined pedestrians in two minutes of silence while sirens wailed in commemoration of fallen soldiers and attack victims. The memorial day started at sunset on Sunday and continues for 24 hours. For the duration, radio stations play sombre music and television channels replaced regular entertainment programs with documentaries on Israel’s wars. The two minutes of silence was announced by air raid sirens at 11am (1800 AEST) and official ceremonies were scheduled at dozens of military cemeteries and memorials.President Shimon Peres paid homage to the dead in a ceremony on Sunday at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western or Wailing Wall in the Old City of east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed. As flags flew at half-mast, Peres called on Israel’s enemies, including arch-foe Iran, not to “underestimate Israel’s capacity to defend itself”. Israel, which has the Middle East’s sole, if undeclared, nuclear arsenal, has never ruled out a resort to military action to prevent the development of an atomic bomb by Iran, which it regards as its principal strategic threat.

Iran has repeatedly predicted Israel’s demise and warned of a devastating response to any attack on its territory. According to government data, 112 members of the Israeli security forces, including police and the Shin Bet internal intelligence agency, have died on active service in the past 12 months.


1 Response to “ISRAEL CELEBRATES ITS INDEPENDENCE”

  1. 1 Marla

    That proves to me that He will forgive Israel her Bloodguilt and REMOVE their BLINDNESS BEFORE the Great and Terrible day of the Lord-Please keep praying for a SHAVUOT REVIVAL in ISRAEL-esp on the Orthodox Jews and ALL JEWS with Dreams and Visions of Y’shua-and Miraculous Healings!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Marla

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