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Why I love the far-from-perfect Israel

Are things perfect in the 73-year-old modern state of Israel? Absolutely not. Are your kids perfect? Don't you love them anyway. Op-ed.

Why I love the far-from-perfect Israel

'Blessed to have the chance to live our history'

As an olah, although of over 50 years standing, this is a time when I recollect my own Zionist journey, from Baltimore to Yerushalayim.

'Blessed to have the chance to live our history'

Poll: Majority of Israeli Jews, Arabs view Israel favorably

Ahead of Israel's 72nd Independence Day, more than half of the state's Arab residents said they

Poll: Majority of Israeli Jews, Arabs view Israel favorably

Critically-wounded soldier who returned to service to bear torch

Col. Shai Siman Tov to bear torch as IDF rep during ceremony for Israel's 71st Independence Day.

Critically-wounded soldier who returned to service to bear torch

'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.

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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.

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

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?

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

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.

Samaria Wants IDF Flyover Too, Says Council Deputy

Obama: 'US-Israel Relationship Never Stronger'

US President wishes Israel a happy Independence Day, commits to working toward a two-state solution.

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

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.

Live: From Auschwitz to the Western Wall

Video: Celebrating Independence with IDF's Finest

Excellent Soldiers' awards and Singing Independence, aired live from the President's Residence in Jerusalem.

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'Israel's Mission: Make the World a Better Place'

Minister releases heartfelt, if quirky, address for Independence Day - bridging ancient heritage and modern marvels.

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

PM Thanks Israel's Supporters on Independence Day

Prime Minister's address focuses on Israel's achievements in 66 years of independence, stresses role of worldwide support.

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New York Kicks Off Israel 66th Birthday Bash

New Yorkers celebrate the rich and complex culture, history, and people of Israel.

New York Kicks Off Israel 66th Birthday Bash

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 Day

Rabbis: Keep Eyal Golan Out of Beit Shemesh

Jewish Home in Urgent Session on Galilee Violence

Showdown with Arab nationalists expected at Lavie Forest, next to Golani Junction, on Independence Day.

Jewish Home in Urgent Session over Galilee Arab Violence

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?

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

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.

Nationalists to Face Islamists in Galilee Showdown

MK: Don't Hire 'Bad' Singers for Public Shows

Entertainers who have behaved badly do not deserve to be paid with tax money for entertaining the public, says MK Shuli Muallem.

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

Livnat: Israel Can Hold its Head High

Minister Limor Livnat says ‘complicated’ Israel has much to be proud of.

Livnat: Israel Can Hold its Head High

Photo Essay: Yom Haatzmaut Celebrations

Jewish youth celebrate the 65th anniversary of Israel's independence.

Photo Essay: Yom Haatzmaut Celebrations in Jerusalem

Netanyahu: Committed to 'Two-State Solution'

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu expresses his support for a two-state solution during a reception for foreign diplomats.

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

Yeshiva U Students Wish Israel a Happy Birthday

Arutz Sheva visited the Yeshiva University campus, where students wished Israel a happy birthday.

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

Lapid sends Independence Day message appealing to Israeli nature, but may offend hareidi Jews, ‘settlers.’

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

IDF Airshow in Pictures

IAF planes fly over Israel, military bases open to public in honor of Independence Day.

IDF Airshow in Pictures

Americans Greet Israel for Yom Haatzmaut

A random sampling of American citizens in Times Square wished Israel all the best for its birthday .

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Netanyahu: Israel is a Bright Star of Freedom

Prime Minister issues message for Independence Day, stressing Israel's liberal democracy.

Netanyahu: Israel is a Bright Star of Freedomplayer

10,000 at Kotel Yom Haatzmaut Prayer

Deputy Religions Minister Rabbi Ben Dahan: "On this day, the power of the nation is revealed."

10,000 at Kotel Yom Haatzmaut Prayer

Peres: 65 Years of Ongoing Miracles

President Shimon Peres speaks of the “ongoing miracles” in special video greeting for Independence Day.

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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.

Peres: I Don't Regret the Oslo Accords

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'ut

Ministry to Inspect Fireworks 'Very Carefully'

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.

Govt: Israel's Population Grew Tenfold Since 1948

Israel Prepares for Memorial Day, Independence Day

Back-to-back holidays drive home a clear message: freedom costs dearly.

Israel Prepares for Memorial Day, Independence Day

Netanyahu: Israel is the Bright Star of Freedom

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issues a special greeting ahead of Israel’s 65th Independence Day.

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Five Suspects Remanded in Yom HaAtzmaut Attack

Arabs brutally attacked a Jewish family in Jerusalem's Ben Hinnom Valley.

Five Suspects Remanded in Yom HaAtzmaut Attack

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.

English Video of Yom Ha’atzmaut Ceremoniesplayer

Four Arab Youths Arrested for Yom Haatzmaut Attack

Residents of A-Tur are suspected of attacking a Jewish family with metal bars, wounding three.

Four Arab Youths Arrested for Yom Haatzmaut Attack

Arabs Attack Jews Outside Old City

Four wounded in two attacks in Valley of Ben Hinnom, outside Lion's Gate.

Arabs Attack Jews Outside Old City

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 brightest

Top IDF Soldiers Recognized on Independence Day

Israel Celebrates 64th Birthday

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

Israel Celebrates 64th Birthday