As Memorial Day ends, Israelis celebrate 67 years of independence

People, some wrapping Israeli flags around themselves, watch as fireworks explode from the roof of the Tel Aviv city hall during celebrations for Israel’s Independence Day marking the 67th anniversary of the creation of the state, April 22, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israel on Wednesday night moved from mourning its fallen to celebrating the 67th anniversary of its founding as Memorial Day gave way to Independence Day.

Ahead of the celebrations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot all chose to invite one person — a “hero of Israel” — to the annual festivities at the president’s residence.

Rivlin chose to honor ultra-Orthodox filmmaker Rama Burshtein, director of the critically acclaimed “Fill the Void” in 2012, according to Ynet…

F150422YS30-e1429735210933Israelis play with “snow spray”, on the streets of Jerusalem, as Israel’s celebrates its 67th Independence Day on April 22, 2015. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Palestine Story (1948) British Pathé, Details on video here. (h/t Martin Kramer)

  • dukestreet

    I just heard on the app”Behold Israel” that there was a rocket attack on Israel from the Gaza Strip on Thursday night. It landed in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional council. There was no panic and it appears, no injuries, although it’s still under investigation.
    This app is really good for letting you know what is going on in Israel. The guy who runs it is in the IDF, I believe.

  • favill

    Happy Independence Day, Israel!!

  • Surele Surele

    Happy Birthday, Israel.

  • Icebow

    Here’s to the next 67, and may they go very badly for Islam.

    • Surele Surele

      to 120!

      • Icebow

        Israel forever!

  • UCSPanther

    Keep it up that fighting spirit Israel, and here’s hoping you get to celebrate your centennial…

  • Norman_In_New_York

    In honor of Israel’s birthday, here is Esti Ginzburg, a veteran of both the IDF and Sports Illustrated. She even co-wrote the song that accompanies this photo shoot. Esti and bikinis – perfect together.

  • A Merry Independence Day to all y’all.

    The grinding sound one hears comes from areas just outside Israel’s borders.