Israeli Independence Day

'After growing up in the Mandate, we appreciate independence'

Ramat Gan Chief Rabbi Yaakov Ariel speaks with Arutz Sheva about establishment of Israel and our obligation to thank God.Benny Toker, 5/2/2017, 9:05 AM

New initiative - 10 days of gratitude

Watch: Educator Dr. Micha Goodman presents an idea for a personal resolution that can help us all acknowledge the current situation.ILTV, 5/2/2017, 7:22 AM

'Israel will remain strong'

Justice Minister in special interview for Independence Day: The State of Israel is a success by any measure.Benny Tocker, 5/2/2017, 12:37 AM

Watch: Diaspora torch lighters

Michael Steinhardt and Rabbi Marvin Hier light torch to honor 'the partnership of Jews around the world in fulfilling our historic mission.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/1/2017, 10:33 PM

Opening ceremony of Independence Day

Ceremony opening events for Israel Independence Day - and 50 years since unification of Jerusalem - underway at Har Herzl.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/1/2017, 8:28 PM

Raising the level from survival to destiny

'The time has come to free ourselves from the urge for survival, and to rise to the next level.'Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, 5/1/2017, 8:09 PM

Lost her two siblings in a terror attack: 'We have chosen life'

8 members of Noy Ilan's family died in a suicide attack. 'Today I understand a little better why we need to be happy on Independence Day.'Ido ben Porat, 5/1/2017, 6:22 PM

WATCH: Independence Day clip from Cantor Netanel Hershtik

What do a Holocaust survivor, haredi IDF soldier, Arab mother, National Religious family, and Ethiopian child share? Watch and find out!Aruz Sheva Staff, 5/1/2017, 6:02 PM

'Even after a home is built, it needs looking after'

President Reuven Rivlin wishes Israelis, Jews, a happy Independence Day, says Israel will continue to solve issues, uphold values.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/1/2017, 6:02 PM

'Arabs who throw stones will pay for it'

IDF officer says terror culprits pay heavy price, invites Israelis to Judea and Samaria for Independence Day celebrations.Benny Tucker, 5/1/2017, 2:54 PM

Terror victim's mother to light Independence Day torch

Mother of terror victim Eitam Henkin to light torch in official Independence Day ceremony. Read the full list of torch lighters here.Ido Ben Porat, 4/19/2017, 11:35 AM

Three chosen to light Independence Day torches

Three of the people chosen to light Israel's Independence Day torches have been revealed Friday.Yoel Domb, 4/14/2017, 10:46 AM

Arabs plan central 'Nakba' event at memorial for fallen soldiers

Expecting attendance of 25,000, Arab leaders plan event lamenting Israel's existence at memorial for fallen soldiers of Yehiam Convoy.Tal Polon, 4/3/2017, 4:43 PM

Mossad Women Upset over Choice of Honoree

Dozens of women who served in the Mossad unite against honor Sima Shine with lighting of beacon on Independence Day.Gil Ronen, 3/29/2015, 10:32 PM

Groundbreaking Israelis Will Light Torches on Independence Day

Sports and Culture Minister Limor Livnat approves list of 14 groundbreaking Israelis to light torches at official Independence Day ceremony.Cynthia Blank, 3/8/2015, 1:20 PM

Liberman Calls Arab Protesters A 'Fifth Column'

10,000 Israeli Arabs who protested Israel's existence on Independence Day and called for 'right of return' are traitors, says FM.Ari Yashar, 5/7/2014, 12:16 PM

Ads to Add Zionism to US Media on Independence Day

Helmsley Charitable Trust will place full-page ads of Israeli Declaration of Independence in the New York Times and USA Today on Monday.Ari Yashar, 5/2/2014, 2:20 PM

Israel Population Now 8.2 Million - 75% Are Jewish

Since last Independence Day Israel's population has grown by a whopping 157,000, and now totals 8,180,000.Yaakov Levi, 5/1/2014, 2:32 PM

Dubai Company To Build Ferris Wheel in Jerusalem?

Proposal received for giant ferris wheel as temporary attraction for Independence Day; Councilman King slams 'money to enemy state.'Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 4/8/2014, 6:34 PM

Independence Day 2014: Focus on Women

All torch honorees to be female as committee decides to focus on women’s contribution to the country.Maayana Miskin & Gil Ronen, 12/29/2013, 3:30 PM

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

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

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

Make Ready for Independence Day 'Mangal!'

Less than 36 hours to go before the national parks are filled with grinning, grill-bearing crowds of Israelis heading for "mangal!"Hana Levi Julian, 4/15/2013, 4:45 AM

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

'Just Like in Israel,' U.S. Celebrates Independence Day

Fireworks, barbecues, and celebrations- a pictorial illustration of the U.S. on its 236th anniversaryArutz 7 Staff, 7/5/2012, 10:07 AM

Indonesian Man Plans to Celebrate Israeli Independence

An Indonesia man plans to celebrate Israel's Independence Day in Jakarta. Ten people to attend.Maayana Miskin, 5/16/2011, 1:15 AM

PM Netanyahu Receives a Medal

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu received a medal Wednesday from WWII veterans.Chana Ya'ar, 5/12/2011, 1:16 PM

Video: Schwarzenegger Wishes Israel a Happy Birthday

Former California Governor took part in an Independence Day celebration in the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles.Elad Benari, 5/12/2011, 4:12 AM

Israel at 63: An ‘Export Superpower’

Figures show Israel is an export superpower, having exported $80.5 billion in 2010 and having multiplied its exports by 13,400 since 1948.Elad Benari, 5/11/2011, 4:17 AM

World Jews Celebrate Israel’s Birthday with Bnei Akiva

Bnei Akiva emissaries around the world conducted celebrations for Israel's Independence Day. INN brings you some of their original ideas.Elad Benari, 5/11/2011, 2:44 AM

Video: Air Force Independence Day Air Show

The Israeli Air Force displayed its aircraft in an air show over most of Israel on Independence Day Tuesday.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 5/10/2011, 10:13 PM

World Ambassadors Think Israelis are Funny, Complex, Simple

The Foreign Office brings Israelis a special Independence Day mix from some of the ambassadors stationed here.Gil Ronen, 5/10/2011, 11:31 AM

MK Orbach: Israel's Future Focus will be the Family

As part of Arutz Sheva's Independence Day Project, personalities from different fields present their vision for Israel 25 years from now.Elad Benari, 5/10/2011, 8:15 AM

Video: INN Meets Bible Contest Participants

Ahead of Tuesday's international Bible Contest in Jerusalem, INN TV met and spoke with some of the contestants.Elad Benari and Yoni Kempinski, 5/10/2011, 4:16 AM

Jerusalem: Unique 3D Light Show on King George St.

The old Knesset building in the capital became a screen for 3D video mapping technology on the night of Independence Day. Hezki Baruch and Gil Ronen, 5/10/2011, 3:12 AM

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

Rivlin: Israel Glows Proudly in the Heart of a Cruel Mideast

Knesset Speaker extols Israel's feat of maintaining Jewish democracy despite hodgepodge of contradictory world views.Gil Ronen, 5/9/2011, 10:30 PM

Torch Lighters Excited Towards Independence Day Ceremony

Israelis chosen to light Independence Day torches share their emotions with Arutz Sheva.Hezki Baruch & Gil Ronen, 5/9/2011, 9:03 PM

Israel Celebrates 63rd Independence Day

The traditional torch-lighting ceremony kicked off Israel's 63rd birthday.Gil Ronen, 5/9/2011, 7:55 PM

16 Named as Bible Quiz Finalists

Sixteen youths from Israel and the Diaspora have been named as Bible Quiz champions and will take part in the finals Tuesday.Maayana Miskin, 5/9/2011, 2:15 AM

Part 3: Reflections for Israel Independence Day

Part Three: A compendium of inspiration and thought for Israel’s upcoming 63rd Independence Day Hillel Fendel, 5/8/2011, 6:19 PM

IDF Bases Open, Special Events Held for Independence Day

Select bases of the Israel Navy, Air Force and Ground Forces will be open for visitors; the Navy and Air Force will hold special events.Gil Ronen, 5/7/2011, 8:22 PM

IDF Chief of Staff: We’re Studying the Jolts in the Middle East

Independence Day: Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Defense Minister Ehud Barak address the General Staff in a special toast for the holiday.Elad Benari, 5/6/2011, 4:14 AM

Independence Day Links and Videos

In honor of Israel's 63rd Independence Day this coming Tuesday, Jacob Richman has compiled large lists of Israel sites and videos.Hillel Fendel, 5/5/2011, 12:52 PM

Two Holocaust Survivors to Light Independence Day Torch

Two Holocaust survivors & a Druze prisons service social worker will join little Moishe Holtzberg in lighting this year's Independence Day torches.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/5/2011, 1:11 AM

Moishe Holtzberg to Light Independence Day Torch

Little Moishe Holtzberg and his grandfather have been chosen to light a torch for Independence Day at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl military cemetery.Chana Ya'ar, 4/2/2011, 11:24 PM

Israel Exports Up 11,250 Times Since First Independence Day

The Jewish state's exports have multiplied 11,250 times since independence, according to a report by the Israel Export and Cooperation Institute.Malkah Fleisher, 4/20/2010, 10:59 PM

Video: IAF Pilots Soar From North to South on Independence Day

Air Force pilots soared through the skies on Israel's 62nd birthday, visiting communities throughout the Jewish State from north to south.Hana Levi Julian, 4/20/2010, 12:22 PM

Happy Birthday to You, Israel 62

Israel’s 62nd birthday began at Mount Herzl ceremony with clear message: Jerusalem is united. (Links to videos on Israel at article end)Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/19/2010, 11:37 PM