Israel’s Spirit: The Jewish State celebrates 71 years of independence
Celebrations for Israel’s 71st Independence Day began Wednesday evening at Jerusalem’s Mt Herzl with the traditional Torch-Lighting Ceremony in which 16 men and women lit 12 torches under the theme “Israel Spirit”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara attended the torch-lighting ceremony this evening on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, to mark Israel’s 71st Independence Day.
The Netanyahus invited to the ceremony 50 residents of southern Israel from the area adjacent to the Gaza border, Holocaust survivor Shaul Lubovitz, who lit one of the torches at Yad Vashem on Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, the Fogel family, the Salomon family and Mika Lipsker, who is dealing with cancer and who Sara Netanyahu has accompanied for several years.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife also hosted former Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and his partner.
“Against all odds, we returned to our homeland,” Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein proclaimed at the opening of the ceremony on Mount Herzl.
“We are the only people who live in the same land, with the same name, speak the same language and have the same faith as we had 3,000 years ago. But what an odyssey did we undergo; such trials and tribulations and suffering and wandering”, Netanyahu said in a video greeting published on social media.
Hundreds of celebrations took place across the country on Wednesday night, with Israel greatest artists.
Celebrations continued on Thursday morning with a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem followed by the traditional awarding of the Medal of Excellence to soldiers and officers of the IDF.
The Israel Air Force is conducting its traditional airshows, allowing those on the ground to see the many different planes Israel employs.
Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are celebrating in nature parks, beaches, and other BBQ destinations.