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Born to Gaza parents, IDF Sargent to be honored on Independence Day

Born to Muslim parents who moved to Israel from Gaza 30 years ago, Sergeant ‘A’ doesn’t try to hide his roots from his friends, saying, “It’s always accompanied by follow-up questions, but I’m Jewish & Israeli, and proud of myself, and my parents who chose to come to Israel.”

By Korin Elbaz Alush


He was born to Muslim parents who relocated from the Gaza Strip to Israel some 30 years ago, and in two week’s time – on Independence Day – he is going to be a recipient of a special citation of excellence from the head of his division. Continue Reading »

WATCH IDF VIDEO: USS George H.W. Bush drops anchor outside of Haifa port


America’s supercarrier USS George H.W. Bush, the world’s largest warship anchors 2.5 miles west of Haifa harbor due to its size.
• GHWB’s crew will have dozens of buses to tour the country and will celebrate their Independence Day in Israel on July 4.

By Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff


The largest and most sophisticated aircraft carrier in the American Navy, the USS George H.W. Bush, docked in the vicinity of Haifa Port on Saturday morning.

The Nimitz-class carrier comes with a payload of 90 aircraft, including fighter jets, a spy plane, attack and rescue helicopters, and a V-22 Osprey aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Continue Reading »

6 ways Israel is blessed by growth on this Independence Day


Here are 6 bigger-than-life changes since the Jewish States’ 1948 founding, that demonstrated how Israel is blessed.

By Ben Sales


When Israel entered its 1948 War of Independence, the coastal city of Rishon Lezion was a hardscrabble farming settlement with fewer than 20,000 inhabitants.

As waves of immigrants inundated Israel in its founding years, many were settled in temporary camps on Rishon Lezion’s sandy outskirts. The arrivals braved rainy winters in tents and subsisted on the national food rationing program, which limited Israeli consumption of eggs and meat.

Not seven decades later, Rishon Lezion is Israel’s fourth largest city, a bustling hub of nearly 250,000 freckled with malls. Continue Reading »

State of Israel’s population: Over 8.5 million, annual growth of 2.2%


Israel’s population grew by 2.2% since last year’s Independence Day, with 75% of the Jewish population as “Sabras” (born in Israel), 36,000 made Aliyah and approximately 195,000 babies were born, bringing total to about 8.522 million.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the population stood at about 806,000. 68 years later on Yom Haatzmaut (Independence day) 2016, Israel’s population stands at approximately 8.522 million, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The Jewish population is approximately 6.377 million (74.8% of the population), the Arab population is approximately 1.771 million (20.8%) and the rest of the population (non-Arab Christians, other faiths and no religious affiliation by registering in the Population Registry) is approximated at 374,000 (4.4%). Continue Reading »

On Israel’s Independence Day, Canada’s PM Reaffirms Support for Jewish State

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper says “The Government of Canada remains resolute in our commitment to defend Israel’s right to exist. We believe this right is absolute and non-negotiable.”

By Elad Benari


Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a staunch supporter of Israel, on Wednesday reaffirmed his country’s support for the Jewish state, in a statement released in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

“Tonight at sundown marks the 67th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel – the realization of the Jewish people’s longstanding dream to establish a modern Jewish state in their historic homeland,” said Harper. Continue Reading »

The Jewish State Remembers Its Fallen, Then Celebrates Israel’s Victory

Since 1948, 23,320 Israelis of all religions have fallen in war, or murdered in terrorist attacks.
• Israel honors their sacrifice on Wednesday, and the victory it had won after 2 millennia in exile.

By Israel Today Staff


As we do every year, Israelis on Wednesday made the incredible transition from deep mourning to bounding joy as we first marked the Memorial Day for our fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism before moving immediately into Independence Day.

PHOTO: Israel Defense Forces Facebook page

Nationwide sirens on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning brought Israel to a standstill to remember 23,320 fallen soldiers and victims of anti-Israel terrorism.

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3 Women honored for fighting for gender equality to light Independence Day beacon

The 3 women, i24news correspondent Lucy Aharish, Alice Miller, the woman who petitioned the High Court so females can become air force pilots, & drug developer Marta Weinstock-Rosin, were chosen to light Israel’s Independence Day beacons.

By Alexandra Lukash


According to the women who are lighting beacons this coming Independence Day, they would much rather prefer that women would not still have to prove themselves this day in age than be honored for their contribution to the fight for gender equality.

Lucy Aharish, Marta Weinstock-Rosin, Alice Miller. – Photo: Idan Arbel

“I wish this category did not exist, that I would not have to be someone who makes a break through in the advancement of humanism and dialogue about equality,” says Lucy Aharish, an Arab Israeli news correspondent for i24news. Continue Reading »

Liberman: ‘We offer our hand in peace – but we’ll cut off the hand that threatens us’


Israel’s Foreign Minister Liberman spoke at Remembrance Day ceremony Monday, emphasized Israel’s commitment to peace and security.




Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman addressed the Remembrance Day ceremony in Kiryat Gat on Monday where he stated that the Jewish people are “a peace-seeking nation” but also said that, “We extend our hands in peace, but we will cut off every hand that threatens us.”


Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman – Photo: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST

The foreign minister told listeners that regarding recent peace efforts with the Palestinians, “Special efforts were made by successive Israeli governments who were willing to make concessions to attain this goal, but when there is no willingness on the other side this becomes a virtually impossible task.”

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Israel’s Prime Objective: To Make the World a Better Place

Minister Bennett releases heartfelt, if quirky, address of ‘Tikkun Olam’ for Independence Day – bridging ancient heritage & modern marvels.

By Tova Dvorin


Economics Minister and Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) Chairman Naftali Bennett released a special video address in honor of Israel’s Independence Day on Monday, noting Israel’s synthesis between ancient heritage and modern miracle.

“Today we are celebrating Israel’s sixty-sixth birthday,” he stated, in a video posted on Facebook. “This is a young country, but our people is a very ancient one. We’ve been around for 3,800 years – you and I, our forefathers.”

Bennett illustrated this with a vivid – if unconventional – example. Continue Reading »

Jews Strip-Searched on Temple Mount to Avoid Israeli Flags Offending Muslim

On the 65th Independence Day, the time has come to correct the strange mistake made by Moshe Dayan, who capitulated on the Temple Mount & gave our holy Mount to our enemies.

By Maayana Miskin

Three yeshiva students were strip-searched Tuesday when visiting the Temple Mount, Temple Mount activists have reported.

The Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site for well over 3,000 years.

The Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site for well over 3,000 years.


The students were reportedly pulled aside by a commander of the police unit for protection of holy sites. They were asked to remove clothing and their bodies were searched for an Israeli flag.

The officer who performed the search apologized to the three for the invasive search. Continue Reading »