Israel Musings March 25, 2015: Israel election results Rivlin formally tasks Netanyahu to form 34th government

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Israel election results Rivlin formally tasks Netanyahu to form 34th government

March 25, 2015

In a ceremony held Wednesday evening, March 25, 2015 in Jerusalem, Israel President Reuven Rivlin officially tasked Benjamin Netanyahu to put together Israel’s 34th government. Netanyahu will then have 28 days to form the coalition, and assign portfolios…
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Full Text Israel Political Brief September 23, 2014: President Reuven Rivlin’s Rosh Hashanah message — Transcript

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Rosh Hashanah message from the President of Israel

Source: MFA, 9-23-14

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Message from the President of the State of Israel to the Jewish Communities of the Diaspora on the occasion of the New Year – Rosh Hashanah 5775

Brothers and sisters,
Leaders of the Jewish communities of the Diaspora and their friends,
According to Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah represents a time of personal, community and national soul-searching. In the shadow of the events of the past months, this year, here in Israel, these days of reflection are reaffirmed and take on a special meaning.
With the kidnapping and murder of the four teenagers: Naftali, Gilad, Eyal and Muhammad; and the ongoing campaign in southern Israel in the background, the citizens of Israel and their leaders were faced with difficult dilemmas: the responsibility to defend our homes and land, alongside the concern of harming innocent people; the commitment to enable a free democratic dialogue, versus the need to set clear limits to restrain manifestations of inflammatory behavior and incitement. Israel had to respond to the threats of terror organizations from the outside, while maintaining its image and values as a Jewish and democratic state that is committed to international law and is dedicated to providing all its citizens with equality and dignity, Arabs and Jews alike.
The resilience of Israel is not based on its military strength, but emanates from the liberal, democratic and Jewish values on which it was founded. Even at a time when Israel is required to mobilize its military front, it cannot ignore its home front and the surge of violent political manifestations of incitement and hate in its streets. Israel’s leadership and Israel’s society are judged not only by their military resiliency, but also by their civil resiliency, not only in normal times, but also in times of crisis.
In the course of Operation Protective Edge, I felt that Israel was not alone in the arena. Leaders of the free world and many of the members of the various Jewish movements and communities stood shoulder to shoulder with Israel, supporting its duty to defend its citizens and identifying with its efforts to restore peace to Israel’s southern communities.
On the threshold of the New Year, I want to thank you, leaders and members of the Jewish communities, for your support of Israel’s soldiers and its home front, and especially its southern communities. It is with much anticipation that I hope we shall continue to stand together in the face of the challenges awaiting the Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora in the future, generated by a sense of mutual responsibility and partnership.
Dear Friends,
The coming year is marked by Jewish tradition as a shmita year, a sabbatical year for land and man. The observance of shmita serves to slow down the economic race and utilitarianism, and see in others, a human being. I pray that this year the gates of our hearts will open to let in compassion, generosity and mutual responsibility. May the coming year bring the sound of joy, a symphony of miscellaneous Jewish voices that will unite us all as a family, community and people.
כתיבה וחתימה טובה!
Shana Tova Ve’Metuka,
Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 15, 2014: PM Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President-elect Reuven Rivlin

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Source: MFA, 6-11-14

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PM Netanyahu: We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel.
President-elect Rivlin with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Jerusalem

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Wednesday, 11 June 2014), at his official residence in Jerusalem, met with President-elect Reuven Rivlin and congratulated him on being elected to the office.
At the end of their meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We have known each other for several good decades. We are both from Jerusalem, the sons of professors who were educated in the philosophy of Jabotinsky and we have much more in common – such as our football team. Joint work on behalf of all Israelis is before us. We have gone through much together and I am certain that we will now know to put the less good aspects aside and work responsibly for the future of the State of Israel.”

Full Text Israel Political Brief June 10, 2014: US President Barack Obama’s Statement on the Presidential Election in Israel

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Statement by the President on the Presidential Election in Israel

Source: WH, 6-10-14 

The people of the United States join me in offering Reuven Rivlin congratulations on his election as the next President of the State of Israel.

Over more than six decades, the United States and Israel have developed a unique relationship based on shared democratic values, our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our partnership in scientific research and innovative technology.  President-elect Rivlin has a long and dedicated record of public service and we look forward to continued strong ties, to the benefit of both our nations, under Mr. Rivlin’s presidency.

As President Shimon Peres nears the end of his term, he can look back on a remarkable legacy of courage, conviction, and compassion.  He has dedicated his extraordinary life to the cause of peace, and I look forward to welcoming him in Washington later this month where he will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

Israel Political Brief June 10, 2014: Reuven Rivlin is elected Israel’s 10th president

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Reuven Rivlin is elected Israel’s 10th president

Source: Haaretz, 6-10-14

MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud) was elected Israel’s 10th president on Tuesday, receiving the support of 63 Knesset members in a runoff vote against MK Meir Sheetrit (Hatnuah)….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 10, 2013: Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin: PM Benjamin Netanyahu plans to dismiss me

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Knesset speaker Rivlin: PM plans to dismiss me

Source: Ynetnews, 3-10-13

Netanyahu sends clear messages regarding lack of intention to support Reuven Rivlin for 3rd term as Knesset speaker. ‘The two have had a complicated relationship… Rivlin already understands – Netanyahu is dismissing him,’ source says….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief May 20, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Yom Yerushalim at Merkaz HaRav: “I Will Never Divide Jerusalem”

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Netanyahu at Merkaz HaRav: “I Will Never Divide Jerusalem”

Emotional Netanyahu vows: “I know my roots. I will never give up any of Jerusalem”. Rosh yeshiva reveals letters from PM’s grandfather.
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The traditional Jerusalem Day celebrations at the flagship religious Zionist yeshiva, Merkaz HaRav Kook, took place on Sunday evening so as not to cause desecration of the Sabbath.

This year, in addition to words of Torah about the city, dancing and joyous song led by famed clarinetist Musa Berlin and singer Akiva Margaliot, they included an historical revelation by the head of the yeshiva and an emotional declaration of loyalty to united Jerusalem by the Prime Minister himself, who vowed “I will never forget thee, O Jerusalem” and spoke of the international pressures to give in on the city with which he is confronted – receiving a loud burst of applause from the packed audience.

The celebrations, as always, were attended by the Chief Rabbis and the most renowned Torah luminaries in the religious Zionist world, as well as high ranking public figures including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Education Minister Gideon Saar, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, MK Zevulun Orlev.

Rabbi Yaakov Shapira, the head of the yeshiva, told the Prime Minister  that he has found a letter of gratitude sent by the Prime Minister’s grandfather, Rabbinic scholar Natan Millikowsky (who changed the family name to Netanyahu) to Israel’s Chief Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, founding head of the yeshiva, after asking him to see that justice is done to Abba Ahimeir, the Revisionist Zionist accused of murdering Labor Zionist leader Chaim Arlozorov, killed while walking with his wife on the Tel Aviv beach in 1933.

Netanyahu’s own father had gone to the PM’s grandfather for help, stating that he had met with Ahimeir at Zion Square in Jerusalem shortly before the murder, so that it was physically impossible for Ahimeir to be in Tel Aviv when the assassination took place. He said that no one would listen to him, and the elderly rabbi turned to Rabbi Kook, who saw to Ahimeir’s vindication by himself, putting himself on the line (The sensational murder, which caused severe rifts in the rival Zionist movements, with Labor accusing Jabotinsky’s followers of perpetrating it, has never been solved).

Rabbi Millikovsky also asked Rabbi Kook to write Ahimeir a letter of encouragement while he was imprisoned.

Netanyahu, visibly affected, said that he knew the rudiments of the story from his father, for whom he sat shiva less than a month ago, but had not known of the existence of the letters.

Rabbi Shapira used Torah references to remind the Prime Minister pointedly that he must have courage and show leadership, as did King Hezekiah of yore, to leave standing all Jewish construction in Eretz Yisrael, saying that Jerusalem symbolizes the entire country and that Beit El and Jerusalem are one. He reminded him that the word Ulpana means a place of learning, a clear reference to the Ulpana houses in Beit El, to Migron and other disputed communities in Judea and Samaria. He told him to follow in his late father’s way, saying that he spoke in the name of all those Jews in Judea and Samaria and the entire Jewish people..

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said during the celebrations, “Jerusalem needs people with power and self-sacrifice such as those who defended the Jewish Quarter in 1948 or those who liberated the city 45 years ago. At a time when we are threatened from the outside and are weakened from within, we need to be clear: We’ve returned to Jerusalem and we will remain there.”

He added, “We will not be frightened by ‘marches on Jerusalem’ of various kinds, by political provocations, by boycotts and by schemes. Some say that Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty is the main factor to foment tension and wars in the region and globally, and I say that a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty is the only guarantee for peace and is the embodiment of justice.”

Rivlin expressed regret that “in recent years there has been a public weakness in respect to our right to Jerusalem. Former prime ministers had been engaged, both secretly and openly, in negotiations over Jerusalem. This obfuscation of our right to Jerusalem…weakens our hold not only on Jerusalem but on the entire land of Israel; it creates a large gap in our children’s Jewish identity.”

Education Minister Gideon Saar said, “Our obligation to protect Jerusalem is related to our ability to tell ourselves, as well as strangers, the facts and insist on the truth, and that is that not only is Jerusalem mentioned in the Holy Book, but also that Jerusalem has never been the capital of anyone other than the Jewish people.”

He added, “We need to repeat these facts in the face of the lie imposed by our enemies – Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinians and the entire Arab world. Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel. It has been our united capital for more than 3,000 years and it will not be divided again.

“For the past three years, half a million students visit Jerusalem every year and experience it through their own eyes and feet, and today for the first time fifth graders participated in a nationwide contest on Jerusalem and its history,” noted Saar.

NIr Barkat, Jerusalem’s mayor, spoke of the centrality of the yeshiva and of his plans for the development of the Holy City.

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יום ראשון כ”ח אייר תשע”ב

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ריגשתם אותי עד מאוד, ריגשת אותי עד מאוד ראש הישיבה הרב יעקב שפירא, ממשיך דרכו של רבנו האהוב אברהם שפירא, וברשות הרבנים המכובדים והדיינים וראש עיריית ירושלים ניר ברקת וחבר הכנסת זבולון אורלב, רבני הערים, ראשי הישיבות, תלמידים יקרים, חברים יקרים.

אני עדיין בתוך השלושים, והמכתב, חילופי המכתבים האלה שהבאתם בפניי מעלים פרשה סוערת שהתרחשה כאן בארץ ישראל לפני כמעט שמונים שנה. באחד מהימים באותה שנה הלך אבי, שהיה אז בן 23, הוא פגש בכיכר ציון את אב”א אחימאיר חברו, השעה הייתה לפנות ערב. כעבור כשעתיים נרצח ארלוזורוב על שפת ימה של תל אביב. אחימאיר וסטבסקי, הואשמו ברצח.

אבי הזדעזע כשהוא שמע את זה, כי בצלילות מחשבתו ובחדות ניתוחיו הוא קודם כל הבין שאין היתכנות מעשית להגיע מכיכר ציון לשפת ימה של תל אביב בתנאי התחבורה שהיו קיימים אז. ברוחב מחשבתו ובהבחנותיו הוא ראה גם סתירות אחרות והוא הגיע למסקנה שמדובר בעלילה, עלילה שהלכה והתגבשה מייד כשהציונות הרוויזיוניסטית, ברית הבריונים כפי שקראו לה אז, הם הם שרצחו את ארלוזורוב. אבל הוא ידע שאחד מהנאשמים העיקריים, הוא ראה אותו, הוא פגש אותו, הוא ידע שהדבר הוא בלתי אפשרי.

ובסער לבו הלך אבי אל אביו, הרב נתן מליקובסקי ששינה את שמו לרב נתן נתניהו. הוא הלך אליו ואמר לו שהוא חייב ללכת אל הרב קוק ולגייסו כדי לצאת נגד עלילת הדם. סבי אז כבר לא היה בקו הבריאות, אבל הוא גייס את כוחותיו והלך אל הרב קוק, והרב קוק יצא בקול גדול נגד העלילה, ובכך, בכוח אישיותו, יושרו, אצילותו וכוח השפעתו, הוא סובב את דעת הקהל. בסופו של דבר יצא משפט צדק, וכפי שאתם רואים סבי לא הסתפק בזה, והנה באה החלפת המכתבים הזאת, שאגב לא הייתי מודע לה, אז אני מודה לכם על התוספת לארכיון המשפחתי-הלאומי שלנו.

וזמן קצר לאחר מכן נפטר סבי, שהיה אדם צעיר בשנות החמישים, והרב קוק הספיד אותו. הוא ספד לו בהלוויה, והוא כתב על סבי, שהיה רב ומטיף גדול לציונות, הוא כתב: ‘מעט מאוד ראיתי בני אדם החיים בתוך החברה המודרנית שיהיו מלאים הערצה כזאת לתורה, לגדולתה, שיהיו קשורים כל כך בעומק נשמתנו בהכרה שכל עבודתנו הלאומית, הפוליטית והבניינית, הצלחתה תלויה במידה שהיא יונקת ממקור הכבוד, ממקור הכבוד של ישראל הנובע מדבר ה’ שבתורתנו הקדושה ומתוך חזון נביאי האמת וצדק, מאירי מחשכי האנושיות כולה’. ועוד הוא מוסיף על סבי: ‘הוא הרגיש את האמת הזו בכל לב, והרבה פעמים הצליח לבטא אותה בפאתוס מלא חיים ועוז’.

ידידיי, כמו סבי לפניי, אין לי כל ספק באשר למקור כוחו של עמנו. הוא נובע ממורשתנו, הוא נובע מאמונתנו. אתה אמרת, הרב שפירא, שאני מתייצב בפני מנהיגי העולם, אני מציג את האמת שלנו, את האמת ללא מורא, כי אני יודע שאני מייצג לא רק את אזרחי מדינתנו ולא רק את בני עמנו. כשאני נושא דברים באו”ם או כשאני יושב בחדר הסגלגל בבית הלבן, או כשאני נפגש עם נשיאים וראשי ממשלות, אני יודע שחובתי לדבר גם בשם אומה בת 4,000 שנה. אני יודע שחובתי לדבר בשם מאה דורות של יהודים שהשתוקקו לבנות מחדש את חייהם הלאומיים על האדמה הזו. אני יודע שחובתי לדבר בשם עם שציין כל חגיגה וגם כל טרגדיה במשאלה פשוטה: לבנות מחדש את ירושלים, “לשנה הבאה בירושלים”, חלום הדורות. זוהי הבטחה קדושה שלעולם לא אזנח. לעולם.

ביום הזה אנו חוגגים 45 שנים לשחרורה של ירושלים, אבל אנחנו חוגגים דבר שהוא עוצמתי פי כמה. אנחנו חוגגים 3,000 שנות היסטוריה בעיר הזאת ואלפיים שנות כיסופים. אנחנו חוגגים את התגשמות החלום הנצחי ואת מימוש החזון הנבואי. אנחנו היינו היום, לפני שעות אחדות, בגבעת התחמושת, וציינו את הקרב על שחרורה ואיחודה מחדש של ירושלים, איחוי הלב הקרוע של עמנו, ואמרתי שאני זוכר את הרטט שעבר בלבי כששמעתי את מוטה גור אומר: “הר הבית בידינו”. הלב של מי לא רטט, מי לא חשב אז, הזכרתי את דוד ושלמה, ישעיהו וירמיהו וחזקיהו, עד יהודה המכבי ורבי יהודה הלוי, והרמב”ם לפניו והרצל אחריו ועד ימינו אנו: “הר הבית בידינו”. זה לב האומה.

אז כשאני שומע את אומות העולם מבקרות אותי על בנייה בירושלים, אני חושב על המלך דוד ששלט בעיר הזאת אלפי שנים כמעט לפני שכל האומות הללו קמו. אני חושב על ישעיהו שניצב על חומות ירושלים כדי להזהיר את המעצמה הגדולה של זמנו לבל תמיט רעה כלשהי על העיר. ואני יודע, יש שרואים בהיסטוריה הזו נטל גדול. הם מאמינים שכדי להבטיח את העתיד עלינו להתנתק מהעבר, הם טועים. הם טועים טעות גדולה, כי ההיסטוריה הזאת היא מקור עוצמתנו הלאומית, בלעדיה איננו יותר מאשר עלה נידף ברוח. כל אחד ואחד מכם ההולך בדרכו של הרב קוק מבין זאת היטב. אתם מבינים שניתוק אומה מעברה הוא כמו ניתוק עץ משורשיו, וזו הסיבה שאתם עמלים יום אחר יום לחזק את שורשיה של אומה זו, לגזום את ענפיה ולהרוות את אדמתה. אתם יודעים שרק כך נוכל ללמד את עמנו כיצד למצות את מלוא התקווה והפוטנציאל המצויים בו.

אני רוצה שתבינו, גם אויבינו מבינים את מקור כוחנו. רק לפני שנים ספורות אמר נציג אש”ף בלבנון את הדברים הבאים: ‘אם ישראל תצא מירושלים מה יישאר מכל הדיבורים הללו על הארץ המובטחת והעם הנבחר, הרעיון הציוני יתחיל להתמוטט’. ידידיי, כל עוד אני ראש ממשלה זה לא יקרה, ולא ניתן שזה יקרה אף פעם. אחריותי כראש ממשלת ישראל היא לעשות כל שביכולתי כדי להבטיח את עתיד המדינה היהודית ועתידו של העם היהודי.

ישנם אלה שמאמינים שהבטחת עתיד עמנו משמעותה חלוקת ירושלים, אבל ירושלים היא לב לבו של עמנו ולא ניתן להבטיח את עתידנו על ידי עקירת לבנו. את העתיד מבטיחים באמצעות חיזוק הלב שלנו, וזה מה שאני עושה וזה מה שאני אמשיך לעשות. אמשיך לבנות את ירושלים, אמשיך לעמוד איתן מול אומות העולם, אמשיך לומר להן שירושלים תישאר תמיד בירתה המאוחדת של מדינת ישראל ובירתו המאוחדת של עם ישראל.

אני נדרש, אכן כפי שאמרת הרב, לנווט את ספינת המדינה דרך ימים גועשים ורוחות חזקות. אולם אני מבטיח לכם זאת: לעולם לא אאבד את מצפני. המצפן שירשתי מאבי ומסבי ומאבותינו. לעולם לא אתפשר על ביטחוננו ועל זהותנו למען אהדת העולם. כמו סבי לפני, לעולם לא אשכח את מקור כוחנו הלאומי, לעולם לא אשכח את ירושלים.

חג שמח לכם.
חג שמח לירושלים.

Israel Brief April 25, 2012: Yom Ha’atzmaut Israel Celebrates 64th Birthday — יום העצמאות

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Israel Celebrates 64th Birthday

Remembrance Day for the Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror has ended, and Independence Day has begun.

Remembrance Day for the Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror has ended, and Independence Day has begun, with fireworks displays going off countrywide.

The celebration of Israel’s 64th birthday began with the traditional ceremony at Har Herzl in Jerusalem. The main speaker at the ceremony was Knesset Speaker MK Reuven Rivlin.

Rivlin’s speech began with a mention of the external threats Israel faces but centered on what he said was an internal enemy which threatens Israel’s future – an enemy which he identified as “the extremists” and zealotry on all sides of the political and social spectrum.

“The struggle against those who set mosques on fire is not between leftists and settlers,” he said, “it is a struggle against zealots.”

“The struggle against those who spit in the face of an eight-year-old girlis not a struggle between secular people and haredim, but a struggle against marginal extremists. The struggle against those who team up with our worst enemies, who fight against Israel’s right to exist, is not a struggle between left and right or between Jews and Arabs, but a struggle against zealotry and zealots. The struggle against those who see women’s singing in the IDF as ‘an hour of destruction,’ a decree over whose trespass death is preferable, is not a struggle between secular Zionism and religious Zionism. This is a struggle against zealotry.”

Rivlin said that he does not fear the residents of Itamar or Migron, “who are faithful to the Land of Israel and love it,” nor does he fear those who oppose the settlement enterprise. “I fear the zealots,” he repeated. “I fear the extremism. I fear those who do not hesitate to break the rules in the name of the righteousness of their path; those who do not fear the destruction of the Third Temple.”

Midnight Fireworks in Jerusalem for Yom HaAtzmaut

A large fireworks display beginning at 11:30 p.m. will end Wednesday evening’s Yom Ha’atzmaut festivities in Jerusalem.
Fireworks in Jerusalem

Fireworks in Jerusalem
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A large fireworks display beginning at 11:30 p.m. will end Wednesday evening’s Yom Ha’atzmaut festivities in Jerusalem’s Independence Park.

Music, singing and dancing will be the main activities in the capital after Israel marks the end of memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror victims at 7:45 p.m.and begins to celebrate 64 years of an independent State of Israel for the first time in almost 2,000 years.

Music popular in the religious-Zionist community will be featured at the HaMashbir stage, at King George Street in downtown Jerusalem. Bnei Akiva and the Ezra movement will dance, and the Pirchei Yerushalayim Band will appear.

Bands will perform at Kikar HaHatulot, and music oriented for the younger generation will take place at the pedestrian mall at Hillel Street, next to Ben Yehuda Street. Student associations helped program the activities.

Opposite the Old City Walls at Mamilla, students have organized DJ entertainment, with entrance by paid tickets.

Israeli folk dancing and a songfest will be featured at the stage at Safra Square-City Hall from 10:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m.

Yom HaAtzmaut 2012: Events

The Day of Remembrance for slain IDF soldiers will be followed by Independence Day. A list of events for those who wish to celebrate.
Jerusalem Day fireworks

Jerusalem Day fireworks
Flash 90

The Day of Remembrance for slain IDF soldiers will begin Tuesday evening and be followed by Israel’s 64th Independence Day.  This list of events was compiled by Anglo-List.Com. These are not Torah-oriented events.

Tel Aviv

Main Event, Rabin Square, 9:00 p.m. – “Only in Israel” with the participation of military bands. Clips from different periods in Israel’s history will be screened on giant screens and fireworks will paint the sky. With: Momi Levy, Miri Aloni, Shula Chen, and dozens of dancers, Tel Aviv youth and more. The evening will close with a performance by “Quartet” – with Shem Tov Levy, Alon Olearchik, Shlomo Yidov and Efraim Shamir.

Atzmadoodes – Children’s Independence Day events at the  Performing Arts Center at 8:30 p.m.  –  Roni Superstar, Tel Aviv Youth Band, the entertainment show” Katzefet VeToot ,”  fire dances, juggling clowns, aerial acrobatics performances and fireworks.

Folk Dancing – Plaza Performing Arts Center, 11:00 p.m – dancing into the night with the best; Sarah Aviv and Gadi Biton combining instrumental and vocal performance and Tel Aviv University Dance troupe.

Park Davidoff, Jaffa, 8:30 p.m. – Michelle Cohen Music School program, Alon de Loco with the  LoCo Land show accompanied by musicians and  dancers, Woody G, Yaron Ramati, local bands and more.

Haifa

Moriah Blvd: Din Din Aviv, Carolina, Erez Lev Ari, Rami Kleinstein, Rita & Ethnix

Kiryat Sprinzak: Michal Tzafir, Shlomi Shabat, Idan Yaniv

Kiryat Shmuel: Kobi Machat, Meir Banai, Yishai Lapidot and the “Of Simchas” band

Central Carmel: Rami Kleinstein, Shiri Maimon and Shimon Buskila

Neve Shaanan: Michal Tzafir, Rami Kleinstein, Shlomi Shabat, Mooki

Kiryat Haim: Shiri Maimon, Shimon Buskila, Ethnix, Josh, Mooki and Eyal Golan

Kiryat Eliezer:  Russian artists and folk music

Jerusalem

Main Stage (Kikar Hahatulot).

The Even Yerushalmit band, Adir Getz, Yaniv Barmeli and Itay Moyal, Subliminal and Momi Levi, Yossi Azulai, Keren Peles. Hosted by Elad Amedi.

Stage at the Hillel Pedestrian Street – Street Party for the Young.

In collaboration with the Students Associations, young in the center:

DJ Ron Izraeli – Hebrew party

DJ Idan Ben Hamo – Funk party

DJ Stato – House anthems 2012

Main performance: Adir Getz

Independence Day opposite the walls at the Alrov Mamilla Avenue:

For students and youngsters – entrance with payment | At 22:00

DJ Itzik Dadia

DJ Shachar Ud

Tickets can be purchased at the Students Association and at Telephone: 073-7073617

Hamashbir Stage for the Religious Zionist Public:

Ezra Movement, Bnei Akiva and more

The Ruach Zfonit band in an exhilarating dancing event

Aaron Razel

The Pirchei Yerushalayim Band

DJ Hanania Ohana

Singing independence at the Safra Square stage:

Arbaa Bemol Band with Aaron Ferrera and Yael Badash

Israeli Rock at the Square: a tribute to the founders if Israeli Rock since the days of the state’s establishment: Arik Einstein, Shalom Hanoch, Matti Caspi, Shlomo Artzi, Gidi Gov, Danny Sanderson and more.

Dancing Independence at the Safra Square stage:  from 11:30 p.m – 3:30 a.m.

A mass dancing event, Israeli and other folk dances, with leading dance guides: Avner Naim, Haim Tzemach, Boaz Cohen, Mimi Cogan, Gidi Eiko.

00:30: Fireworks display above the Experimental High School, Independence Park

Rehovot

Main Stage: Liran Danino, David Deor, Dana International, Youth choir and dancers led by Itai Segev

Park Hameginim: Matti Caspi, Gabi Shushan, Shiri and Uzi Fuchs

Hershonson Stage.: Margalit Tzanani, Benny Elbaz , Gabi and Micky Nes, Shlomit Bouhnik, Moran Kriti, Tamir Lidanil, Nati Chen and “The Independence Ride” – a 15 km. bicycle ride on Thursday morning  at 9:00 from Sportec city. For information and registration: 08-9392239.

Netanya

Winter Lake Park: Roni Superstar, Berry Sakharof, Hadag Nahash, Beit Habubot, DJ Erez Shitrit

Kikar Ha’atzmaut: Danny Sanderson, Moshik Afia.

 

WZO Lets Users Fly an Internet Israeli Flag for Independence Day

“It’s 64 years of Israeli independence. As Zionism renews itself, so does technology,” says the World Zionist Organization.
Zionist Postcard - Zev Jabotinsky

Zionist Postcard – Zev Jabotinsky

The World Zionist Organization’s Department for Activities in Israel & Countering Antisemitism is offering a new service which allows users to send postcards with Israeli flags and other pro-Israel images via the internet. The website allows a user to select and email postcards with images of Israeli flags, nature scenes and Zionist leaders such as Zev Jabotinsky, Theodor Herzl, Menachem Begin, and David Ben Gurion.

Yaakov Hagoel, head of the WZO’s Department for Activities in Israel stated, “it’s 64 years of Israeli independence. As Zionism renews itself, so does technology.”
Eitan Ori Behar, director of the WZO Communications Center said this year’s campaign is based on last year’s Fly Our Flag project.

In 2011, the WZO mailed out thousands of Israeli flags with car windows holders and sun shade screens with Israeli symbols. Anyone in the world had the ability to order a free flag on the WZO’s iZionist website.
“We’re changing to fit the needs of the day,” Behar commented on the 2012 campaign. “With the advent of handheld devices, you can send flags through our website.” Behar said he is encouraged by the positive feedback the campaign has generated in countries around the world. His staff has been translating WZO material into different languages. The iZionist website is currently available in Hebrew, English, Arabic, Turkish, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Behar added, “I hopes users will use the site to spread positive awareness about Israel.”

To send a flag, visit http://flags.org.il/view/?lang=en.

Israel Political Brief April 24, 2012: Yom Hazikaron: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Attends Yad Lebanim Memorial Flag-Lowering Ceremony in Jerusalem

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Memorial Day: Israel’s Flag at Half Staff

PM Binyamin Netanyahu attended a flag-lowering ceremony in Jerusalem, saying ‘it cuts your life in two’ when a family member dies in war
Binyamin Netanyahu, Memorial Day

Binyamin Netanyahu, Memorial Day
Reuters

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, and Israel’s Chief Rabbis on Tuesday attended a flag-lowering ceremony in Jerusalem as Memorial Day is set to begin.

“For bereaved families, time stops when you get the terrible news… it cuts your life in two: what was before, and what will never be again,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told more than 200 soldiers and bereaved families gathered for the Yad Lebanim Memorial for the Fallen in Israel’s Wars.

“When you hear the siren tonight, we will turn into one family, and the citizens of Israel will be united in our remembrance,” Netanyahu said, recalling his own brother – Yoni Netanyahu – who was killed during the 1976 Entebbe rescue operation.

Yad Lebanim (“A Memorial for the Sons”) is the organization that supports bereaved families in cooperation with the Defense Ministry and official government bodies. The Jerusalem memorial, located near the government quarter, is the central memorial for soldiers killed in action in the capital.

Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror will officially commence Tuesday night at 20:00 local time when the siren at the Western Wall is sounded for one minute of silent remembrance.

The ceremony there will be attended by President Shimon Peres, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, and many families bereaved by war and terror.

Another siren will sound at 11 a.m., bringing the entire country to a standstill in memory of the fallen soldiers and those killed by acts of terror. Memorial events will take place at military cemeteries, at schools and places of work.

The number who have fallen in IDF service and in terror attacks in Israel since the First Aliya in 1860 presently stands at 22,993.

During its War of Independence the Jewish state lost 6,373 of its people, about 1% of its population, in the war. Of those 2477 were civilians. Some 120 foreign nationals, tourists, and workers were also killed during Israel’s War of Independence.

Last year, 15 Israelis were killed in hostilities. A total of 126 soldiers died while on active duty with the IDF during 2011, as well.

A ceremony at the Knesset this evening will include the reading of “memory poems” by the Knesset Speaker, assorted government ministers, and Israel’s police commissioner, Yohanan Danino.

The poems are written by the bereaved families and friends of Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror.

The flag will remain at half-staff until sundown on Wednesday, when Yom Haatzmaut – Israeli Independence Day – begins.

 

Memorial Day: Israel Prepares to Remember

Natalie Leiba, sister of late Lt. Col. Yehuda Ben Shabbat, told Arutz Sheva that Memorial Day is when memories well up, and loss pervades
Fallen Soldier's Tomb

Fallen Soldier’s Tomb
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As Israel prepares to begin its Yom Hazikaron [Memorial Day] observance on Tuesday evening many bereaved families are reminded their lives contain a vacuum….

Yom Hazikaron is not only the day on which Israel honors its fallen soldiers, but also those killed in terror attacks by those seeking the destruction of the Jewish state.

Memorial services are held in cemetaries, government buildings, military bases, schools, and private venues to honor the dead and remind the Jewish nation of the cost of freedom and national sovereignty in its ancestral homeland.

Beginning at sundown on Tuesday, Yom Hazikaron will continue until sundown on Wednesday, when Israel’s 64th Independence Day celebration will begin.

Israel Political Brief March 25, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: I won’t bring elections forward

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Netanyahu: I won’t bring elections forward

Source: YNet News, 3-25-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said that he has no intention of bringing forward the elections. “I’m in no hurry,” he said at the Likud ministers meeting. Knesset elections are scheduled to take place in November 2013.

Many in the political system, including Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin estimated that elections will be held in 2012. On Thursday, Rivlin said he will try to achieve consensus on a September vote

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