'We light this torch for the unity of the Jewish people'

The mothers of the 3 boys murdered in 2014 Hamas kidnapping share their feelings at being chosen to light Independence Day torch.Hezki Baruch, 4/15/2019, 4:43 PM

My Yom Ha'atzmaut shtreimel

The Klauzenberger Rebbe had the definition for the success of a Jewish state all figured out. But he didn't expect it to happen immediately.Dr. Aryeh Hirsch, 4/18/2018, 7:43 PM

The State of Israel is Holy

The commandments in the Torah do not depend on who happens to be the Prime Minister of Israel at the time, the size of his kippah, or on how many religious politicians sit in the Knesset. Tzvi Fishman, 4/18/2018, 7:26 PM

It's all about your vision: Israel at 70

The inescapable truth is that Hashem is on the move in the world. And that move is centered in this land. Moshe Kempinski, 4/18/2018, 7:20 PM

Thank G-d for Israel: The Diaspora torch

Why my mother in law should light the Diaspora torch for Yom Ha'atzmaut. David Ben Horin, 4/18/2018, 7:16 PM

Dear haredi Jew

It is unacceptable for so many of you in Israel not to stand still when the siren sounds for the 6 million and for our fallen soldiers. Nor is it acceptable for you to ignore Israel's Independence Day. Tzvi Fishman, 4/11/2018, 12:30 PM

Watch: 'What makes us drop everything and come defend Israel?'

Director-General of PM's Office shares special personal experience from 2006 Lebanon War during address marking Israel's Independence Day.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/2/2017, 9:57 AM

Who will light 'the torch of the Jewish people'?

For the first time, the torch at the Independence Day ceremony in Jerusalem is to be lit by a Jew who is not an Israeli. Recommendations?Arutz Sheva, 3/30/2017, 2:41 PM

Samaria Wants IDF Flyover Too, Says Council Deputy

Samaria Council official Yossi Dagan appealed for help – in giving residents of Samaria the same Independence Day “treat” others enjoy.Moshe Cohen, 4/22/2015, 7:37 PM

Obama: 'The US-Israel Relationship Has Never Been Stronger'

US President wishes Israel a happy Independence Day, commits to working toward a two-state solution.Tova Dvorin, 5/6/2014, 6:42 PM

Live: From Auschwitz to the Western Wall

In Independence Day march, a new Torah scroll will be dedicated by the March of the Living program.Arutz Sheva staff, 5/6/2014, 12:41 PM

Video: Celebrating Independence with IDF's Finest

Excellent Soldiers' awards and Singing Independence, aired live from the President's Residence in Jerusalem.Arutz Sheva staff, 5/6/2014, 9:29 AM

'Israel's Mission: Tikkun Olam - Make the World a Better Place'

Minister releases heartfelt, if quirky, address for Independence Day - bridging ancient heritage and modern marvels.Tova Dvorin, 5/5/2014, 10:14 PM

'Thank You For Supporting the One and Only Jewish State'

Prime Minister's address focuses on Israel's achievements in 66 years of independence, stresses role of worldwide support.Tova Dvorin, 5/5/2014, 7:12 PM

Celebrating Yom Haatzmaut: Barbecue to Beit Medrash

The different levels of Yom Haatzmaut celebrations, customs and halakhic decisions.Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, 5/5/2014, 5:17 PM

New York Kicks Off Israel 66th Birthday Bash

New Yorkers celebrate the rich and complex culture, history, and people of Israel.Arutz Sheva, 5/4/2014, 9:30 PM

Rabbis: Keep Eyal Golan Out of Beit Shemesh

A group of rabbis in Beit Shemesh slammed the municipality for hiring singer Eyal Golan to perform on Israel Independence DayMoshe Cohen, 5/1/2014, 8:42 AM

Jewish Home in Urgent Session over Galilee Arab Violence

Showdown with Arab nationalists expected at Lavie Forest, next to Golani Junction, on Independence Day.Shimon Cohen, 4/28/2014, 11:35 AM

Poll: 20% of Israelis Feel More 'Jewish' Than 'Israeli'

Most Israelis feel more or equally 'Jewish' as they do 'Israeli,' poll reveals. But will they in the future?Tova Dvorin, 4/27/2014, 11:16 AM

Nationalists to Face Islamists in Galilee Showdown

Ex-MK Ben Ari calls on Jews to make a stand when Arabs hold 'Nakba' event on Independence Day.Gil Ronen, 4/24/2014, 11:11 AM

MK: Don't Hire 'Bad' Singers for Independence Day Shows

Entertainers who have behaved badly do not deserve to be paid with tax money for entertaining the public, says MK Shuli Muallem.David Lev, 11/21/2013, 12:07 PM

Livnat: Israel Can Hold its Head High

Minister Limor Livnat says ‘complicated’ Israel has much to be proud of.Maayana Miskin, 4/17/2013, 12:46 PM

Photo Essay: Yom Haatzmaut Celebrations in Jerusalem

Jewish youth celebrate the 65th anniversary of Israel's independence.Ben Bresky, 4/17/2013, 6:17 AM

Netanyahu: We Are Committed to 'Two-State Solution'

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expresses his support for a two-state solution during a reception for foreign diplomats.Elad Benari, 4/17/2013, 2:45 AM

Yeshiva University Students Wish Israel a Happy Birthday

Arutz Sheva visited the Yeshiva University campus, where students wished Israel a happy birthday.Eliran Aharon, New York, 4/16/2013, 11:23 PM

Lapid’s Independence Day Message: We Are 'Both'

Lapid sends Independence Day message appealing to Israeli nature, but may offend hareidi Jews, ‘settlers.’Maayana Miskin, 4/16/2013, 10:11 PM

IDF Airshow in Pictures

IAF planes fly over Israel, military bases open to public in honor of Independence Day., 4/16/2013, 5:48 PM

Americans Congratulate Israel on 'Huge Achievement'

A random sampling of American citizens in Times Square wished Israel all the best for its birthday .Eliran Aharon, New York , 4/16/2013, 11:17 AM

Netanyahu: Israel is a Bright Star of Freedom

Prime Minister issues message for Independence Day, stressing Israel's liberal democracy.Gil Ronen, 4/16/2013, 10:40 AM

10,000 at Kotel Yom Haatzmaut Prayer

Deputy Religions Minister Rabbi Ben Dahan: "On this day, the power of the nation is revealed."Gil Ronen, 4/16/2013, 9:13 AM

Peres on Independence Day: 65 Years of Ongoing Miracles

President Shimon Peres speaks of the “ongoing miracles” in special video greeting for Independence Day.Elad Benari, 4/16/2013, 6:13 AM

Peres: I Don't Regret the Oslo Accords

"There were terror attacks against Jews as back as 1937, long before Oslo," says President Peres during an Independence Day interview.Elad Benari, 4/16/2013, 12:16 AM

Ministry to Inspect Fireworks 'Very Carefully'

Over 30,000 fireworks will be shot up into the skies over Israel on Monday night, as towns and cities celebrate Yom Ha'atzma'utDavid Lev, 4/15/2013, 3:43 AM

Govt: Israel's Population Grew Tenfold Since 1948

Just in time for Yom Ha'atzma'ut, the Central Bureau of Statistics released data on Israel's population.David Lev, 4/14/2013, 4:51 PM

Israel Prepares for Memorial Day, Independence Day

Back-to-back holidays drive home a clear message: freedom costs dearly.Gil Ronen, 4/13/2013, 9:30 PM

Netanyahu: Israel is the Bright Star of Freedom

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issues a special greeting ahead of Israel’s 65th Independence Day.Elad Benari, 4/12/2013, 6:14 AM

Five Suspects Remanded in Yom HaAtzmaut Attack

Arabs brutally attacked a Jewish family in Jerusalem's Ben Hinnom Valley.Gil Ronen, 5/8/2012, 10:32 AM

English Video of Yom Ha’atzmaut Ceremonies

Jews around the world can share for the first time ever Independence Day ceremonies and awards to IDF soldiers – with English subtitles.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/29/2012, 9:38 AM

Four Arab Youths Arrested for Yom Haatzmaut Attack

Residents of A-Tur are suspected of attacking a Jewish family with metal bars, wounding three.Gil Ronen, 4/28/2012, 11:04 PM

Arabs Attack Jews Outside Old City

Four wounded in two attacks in Valley of Ben Hinnom, outside Lion's Gate.Gil Ronen, 4/26/2012, 9:46 PM

Top IDF Soldiers Recognized on Independence Day

In one of the main state Independence Day ceremonies, President Shimon Peres welcomed 120 of the IDF's best and brightestDavid Lev, 4/26/2012, 11:58 AM

Israel Celebrates 64th Birthday

Remembrance Day for the Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror has ended, and Independence Day has begun.Gil Ronen, 4/25/2012, 10:38 PM

Video Honors the IDF 'Our Brothers, Our Home'

A tribute to the brave heroes of the IDF who have protected our freedom and land for 64 years.Gabe Kahn, 4/25/2012, 8:09 PM

Video: Min. Edelstein Wishes Israel Happy Birthday

Minister Yuli Edelstein wished Israel a happy '64,' saying the sudden transition from tragedy to triumph is the story of the Jewish people Gabe Kahn, 4/25/2012, 8:07 PM

Video: Peres Tells Diaspora ‘Reality Beyond our Vision’

The reality of Israel after 64 years of independence is “much more than the vision we once dreamed," Peres tells the Diaspora.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/25/2012, 7:27 PM

Chief Rabbi: Torah Study a Better Way to Celebrate National Days

Torah study sessions are a growing trend among religious Israelis to mark Memorial and Independence DaysDavid Lev, 4/25/2012, 10:56 AM

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.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/25/2012, 8:42 AM

Obama Wishes Israel Happy Birthday

President Barack Obama extended the well-wishes of the American people to President Shimon Peres on the eve of Memorial & Independence Day.Gabe Kahn, 4/24/2012, 4:10 PM

‘Reclaiming Land of Israel Continues on Yom HaAtzmaut’

The struggle for reclaiming all of the Land of Israel continues even on “Independence Day,” Yom HaAtzmaut, say Women in Green.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/24/2012, 1:50 PM

Netanyahu Meets Bible Quiz Contestants: Move to Israel

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets the contestants of the International Bible Quiz, tells them to immigrate to Israel.Elad Benari, 4/24/2012, 3:15 AM

Rivlin: Not One Arab Wants to Hold Independence Ceremony Torch

They searched high and low, but organizers of Yom Ha'atzmaut ceremonies could not find even one Arab to light one of the torches .David Lev, 4/23/2012, 8:29 PM

One Million Expected to Visit Fallen Soldiers’ Graves

One million people are expected to visit 44 military cemeteries after the 8 p.m. siren Tuesday, Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/22/2012, 7:38 AM

Independence Day Ceremony to be Held as Usual

Officials decide to hold the Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl as usual. Female soldier killed in stage collapse to be honored.Elad Benari, Canada, 4/20/2012, 9:34 PM

Grieving Family: 'Guilty Must Be Brought to Justice'

Family of Hila Bezaleli, Israeli soldier who was killed on Mount Herzl on Wednesday, condemned the negligence that caused the tragedy. Rachel Hirshfeld, 4/19/2012, 4:04 PM

New Film Presents Israelis from Pioneers to Entreprenuers

“Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference” tells the story of Israel's many contributions and innovations.Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski, 3/21/2012, 6:43 AM

AFSI Presents Special Yom Ha’atzmaut Tour of Israel

Americans For A Safe Israel's Spring 2012 Chizuk Mission to Israel will include the commemoration of the Jewish state's 64th birthday.Fern Sidman, New York, 3/16/2012, 11:00 PM

Netanyahu: Today We Celebrate Israel's Democracy

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issues a special greeting for Israel's 63rd Independence Day.Elad Benari, 5/10/2011, 2:13 AM