A video of the Israeli flag being raised and HaTikvah being sung at the Olympics, in honor of Gal Friedman's gold medal win, can be seen here. As noted here yesterday, HaTikvah is Israel's unofficial national anthem.



In response to the many readers who asked, it should be noted that legislation rendering HaTikvah the official national anthem was proposed two years ago by then-MKs Michael Kleiner (Herut) and Zevulun Orlev (National Religious Party). The bill passed its first reading in the Knesset, as well as subsequent Knesset Interior Committee vote. However, as Kleiner explained to Arutz-7 today, "Early elections were called, and as you know, I was not elected to the Knesset, and Orlev became a Cabinet minister - who is not permitted to propose legislation - and therefore the bill has not advanced, for the meanwhile. In the next Knesset, I plan to promote it once again..."



Previous governments did not see a need to legislate the fact that HaTikvah is Israel's anthem, given its wide popularity and acceptance as such. The need to do so arose, however, as Kleiner and Orlev explained at the time, when certain left-wing elements proposed that the anthem be changed to reflect Israel's Arab population.