UPDATES 6 pm Israel time Tuesday:
*Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day) came to an end last night with a torch lighting ceremony in Jerusalem. One second later, it became Israel Independence Day, Yom HaAtzmaut. Like so many other moments in Jewish life, it was a mixture of the bitter with the sweet.
*The Eshkol region of southern Israel came under rocket fire from Palestinian terrorists in Gaza last night. A half hour after the incoming rocket sirens sounded, the IDF was claiming that they were a “false alarm”. This announcement was followed by a statement that the IDF was not sure if it was a false alarm or not. Today or tomorrow or next week, the rockets will be located somewhere within Eshkol.
*”Rock” attacks against Israeli citizens in Judea and Samaria continue today with Israeli civilians and security personnel wounded. Your humble servant was happy to hear PM Netanyahu proclaim–after years of such attacks–that such “rock” attacks are “terrorist” attacks. Why Netanyahu finally decided to make such a pronouncement last night is anyone’s guess.
*Israel President Shimon Peres gave another amazingly self-serving interview to the Jerusalem Post for publication today. In that interview, he declares that despite the hundreds of Israeli dead that resulted from the Oslo Accords that he and Yitzhak Rabin delusionally agreed to with Yasser Arafat, the Oslo Accords were a wonderful achievement because they “created a Palestinian peace camp.” Your humble servant is forced to ask the obvious question–where exactly is that peace camp? In Ramallah? In Gaza? Or only in the mind of Shimon Peres?
It has been a joyous day of celebrating in Israel with picnicking (despite the cool, rainy weather in some parts of the country), singing, dancing, shooting fireworks, and a hundred other activities. This is modern Israel’s 65th birthday, 65 years in a 3300 year history in the land of Israel.
If you want to feel proud about supporting Israel, your humble servant encourages you to read “The top 65 ways Israel is saving our planet.” The article contains an astonishing list of Israeli achievements from Africa to South and North America to Europe and Asia. It is a list that virtually no other country in the world can emulate.
Here are some more images from today in Israel:
In the streets:
On the beach:
Barbecues in the parks:
One last photo from a Facebook page:
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