Israel Brief April 16, 2013: On Yom Ha’atzmaut Independence Day, Israelis crowd roads despite rain

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On Independence Day, Israelis crowd roads despite rain

Source: JTA, 4-16-13

Heavy rains did not keep Israelis from celebrating Independence Day.

Israel Radio reported Tuesday that roads were packed with celebrants of the 65th anniversary of Israel’s founding, and that some military museums were so packed with visitors that some were turned away….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 16, 2013: Israel Celebrates Yom Ha’Atzmaut As Challenges Mount

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Israel Celebrates Yom Ha’Atzmaut As Challenges Mount

Source: The Jewish Press (press release), 4-16-13

Even as millions of Israelis celebrated the country’s 65th birthday with prayers, lavish barbecues and star-studded entertainment in city squares, many citizens expressed worry about troubling domestic and foreign developments….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 16, 2013: President Shimon Peres, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Address Boston Marathon Tragedy

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Peres, Netanyahu, Address Boston Marathon Tragedy

Source: Shalom Life, 4-17-13

A normally celebratory, festive annual reception held by Israeli President Shimon Peres and the country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in honour of Yom Ha’atzmaut, took a decidedly serious tone on Tuesday as the two men addressed the bombing in Boston….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 16, 2013: Barack Obama, Pope Francis, World Leaders Offer Congratulations On Israel’s Independence Day

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Obama, Pope, World Leaders Offer Congratulations On Israel’s Independence Day

Source: Algemeiner, 4-16-13

Pope Francis: “I send cordial greetings to you and your fellow citizens on the occasion of Israel’s National Day. At the  beginning of my Pontificate, l gladly invoke upon you and all the people of Israel  the blessings of the Most High and assure you of my prayers for your high responsibilities at the’ service of the nation.”

U.S. President Barack Obama: “As Israelis celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, the American people join me in applauding the remarkable Israeli achievements over the past six and a half decades. The United States stood together with the State of Israel at its founding, and we will stand together with you always.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin: “I wish you good health, Mr. President, as well as peace and prosperity to the Israel people.”

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