Israel's 70th anniversary

As Israel turns 70, the Jerusalem Post joins in the celebration, covering the special events surrounding the anniversary of the creation of the Jewish state, marking the achievements of the past 70 years and looking ahead to the future of the Zionist project.

The Negev wilderness: A space of change, renewal and hope.
Israel at 70: Looking ahead at the next chapter in Israel's history

The new generation of Zionists is forging the way for Israel 2048.

An illuminating look at the life of Ben-Gurion

Journalist Raviv Drucker said he was astonished at some of the things he learned while researching for his new Channel 10 series 'The Captains.'

19/04/2018
Celebrations at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv for independence day. Indep
Poll: 82% of Israelis proud of the country, half fear war is near

A survey conducted on the eve of Independence Day gave a snapshot of Israelis' optimism and anxiety.

By ARIK BENDER
19/04/2018
autonomous vehicles
Israel at 70 - The future of autonomous cars

The VP of Mobileye give us a glimpse into the exciting future of autonomous vehicles.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
18/04/2018
Soldiers with disabilities march in the Remembrance Day ceremony in Jerusalem
Soldiers with special needs march in IDF Memorial Day ceremony

"Special in Uniform is an awe-inspiring societal triumph, enabling youngsters with disabilities to serve the army and thus contribute their share to the nation.”

By JPOST.COM STAFF
18/04/2018
Israeli flag art by David Pascheles
IN PICTURES: Israeli Flag Art

Artwork in honor of Israel's 70th birthday by David Bloch.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
18/04/2018
Israel 70+: Israel and the future of water technology
WATCH: Israel at 70 - Israel's solutions to the water crisis

Can Israel solve the world's water shortage problems?

By JPOST.COM STAFF
18/04/2018
An Israeli visits the grave of a fallen soldier on Mount Herzl during Remembrance Day on April 18th
IN PICTURES: Israel pays tribute to fallen on Remembrance Day

Israelis across the country commemorated lost loved ones as they marked Remembrance Day, visiting grave-sites of soldiers and terror victims who have been killed throughout Israel's history.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
18/04/2018
Israeli Olympian A.J. Edelman slides down the track during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Februa
My 'Israel moment,' by Israeli Olympian A.J. Edelman

How the Israeli Olympian found his "Israel moment" while training in a picturesque town in Germany.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Sara Netanyahu, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Knesset marks Remembrance Day with songs and poetry

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Supreme Court President Esther Hayut, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Police Chief Insp.-Gen. Roni Alsheikh all read poems at the event.

Chanan Rapaport in his Haganah days (left) and today (right).
A Hagana fighter's recollections of the 'Night of the Bridges'

90-year-old Chanan Rapaport recalls his days as a fighter in the pre-state era.

17/04/2018
Pigeons, winged warriors that helped Israel to victory 70 years ago

Lacking communication devices during the war, the Israeli forces relied on a clandestine network of 68 dovecots spread across the country, and ran 'pigeoneer' courses for soldiers.

By REUTERS
17/04/2018
family
WATCH: Israel at 70 - The future of the family in Israel

What will families in Israel look like in the future? How will Israeli society be impacted by changing family dynamics?

By JPOST.COM STAFF
17/04/2018
Police to erase criminal records on minor offenses for 70th anniversary

The move is meant to assist “the ordinary citizen who may have slipped up in the past,” whose day-to-day life might be affected by this stain on his or her police record.

17/04/2018
 ZEHAVA ARKY
Outstanding olim: Fostering a culture of entrepreneurship

For this crop of young Nefesh b'nefesh olim, it's not about 'what Israel can do for them, it's about what they can do for Israel.'

19/04/2018
ARIK EINSTEIN
Israelis who hit all the right notes

Celebrating the diversity of Israeli pop.

19/04/2018
AN ISRAELI Arab girl takes part in a ‘Land Day’ rally, an annual commemoration of the killing of six
Israel's 70th anniversary through Arab eyes

Not everyone shares the same vision for the Jewish state.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
17/04/2018
CHAIM SHEBA (right), after whom the hospital is named, speaks to a wounded IDF soldier
Growing with Israel: 70 years of Sheba success

From army hospital No. 5 to a world-renowned medical center, a look at how Sheba Medical Center and Israel's history are uniquely intertwined.

By MAAYAN HOFFMAN
17/04/2018
Alon Ben-Gurion poses with Sheryl Buchholtz and her daughters Jessica (left) and Melissa (right)
Presenting an Israel for everyone

The Jewish National Fund's interfaith mission demonstrates Israel is a place for all.

17/04/2018
Natan Sharansky
After 70 years, a shift in Jewish immigration ideology

When newly-minted Israel Prize winner Natan Sharansky became the head of the Jewish Agency nearly 10 years ago, the former refusenik did what he does best: shake things up.

19/04/2018
The backdrop of the stage at last year’s AIPAC conference in Washington, DC
Polarization on Israel thrives at America's fringes

Anti-Israel activists on the Left are trying to wrench control of the Democratic Party while white nationalists on the Right treat Zionism as a cover for their racism.

Flashcards with Hebrew words, including the word "Tapuach," meaning "apple". (Illustrative)
What are the most Israeli words?

The Academy of the Hebrew Language has picked one word for each of the country's seven decades.

16/04/2018
President Reuven Rivlin attends Koolulam at Menorah Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv on April 9, 2018.
12,000 Israelis sing ‘Al Kol Eleh’

Rivlin, Shlomi Shabat join Koolulam initiative for Israel's 70th.

16/04/2018
A PALESTINIAN BOY cries as students of United Nations-run schools take part in a protest against a U
The wars that defined us: Gaza's reconstruction - Toward a better future

Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and pragmatic Arab states all have a role to play in improving the lives of Gazans.

By ANAT KURZ , UDI DEKEL
18/04/2018
Police officers duck for cover in Sderot as a siren wails in the background during Operation Protect
The wars that defined us: Operation Protective Edge

A Jerusalem Post correspondent reflects on her time covering Operation Protective Edge.

idf gaza
The wars that defined us: A battleground in Israel's backyard

A Jerusalem Post correspondent reflects on his time covering Operation Protective Edge.

Second Lebanon War- Soldiers return home
The wars that defined us - A flashback in time: The Second Lebanon War

At its 70th birthday, Israel finds itself in a unique position.

18/04/2018
gaza disengagement
The wars that defined us: Memories from Gaza

A former military correspondent reflects on her time covering the most turbulent years in Israel's history.

By MARGOT DUDKEVITCH
18/04/2018
The wars that defined us - A war like no other: The Second Intifada

A former military correspondent reflects on his time covering the bloody uprising.

By ARIEH O’SULLIVAN
18/04/2018
yom kippur war
The wars that defined us: Israel's bittersweet victory - The 1973 War

The Yom Kippur War was the most traumatic event in Israel’s history.

By ABRAHAM RABINOVICH
18/04/2018
A UNITED HATZALAH ambucycle is seen with Jerusalem in the background
Timing is everything

A look at United Hatzalah's '70 for 70' campaign.

16/04/2018
Israelis watching the IAF Independence Day show on the Tel Aviv beach
In celebration of purposeful living

On the eve of its 70th anniversary, Israel is among the happiest countries in the world.

Theodor Herzl and Ahad Ha'am
Theodor Herzl vs. Ahad Ha'am today

As Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary, the core issues between the Zionist leaders' feud come alive.

16/04/2018
ZIM CEO Eli Glickman, to Teva Israel CEO Avinoam Sapir
A tribute to companies whose products have become Israeli icons worldwide

ZIM​ CEO Eli Glickman pays homage to the CEOs of Teva Israel, Mehadrin, Keter Plastic, and other prominent Israeli companies

By JPOST.COM STAFF
16/04/2018
child welfare
WATCH: Israel at 70 - The future of child welfare in Israel

One in every five children in Israel suffers from abuse or neglect. How can we put an end to this crisis?

By JPOST.COM STAFF
16/04/2018
‘IN BETWEEN’: Sana Jammelieh (as Salma), Shaden Kanboura (as Noor) and Mouna Hawa (as Leila)
70 years of blue and white on screen

In honor of this momentous Independence Day, we train an eye on how far the Israeli film and TV industry has come.

WATCH: Israel at 70 - Disability inclusion in the future of Israel

Israel and the rest of the world must embrace a more diverse society, see people for their abilities, and meet them there.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
15/04/2018
An Israeli flag is seen near the Dome of the Rock, located in Jerusalem's Old City
Israel's 70th birthday celebrations

A round-up of Independence Day festivities around the country gives you plenty of options to pick from.

The five wines which tell the story of the Israel wine revolution
Wine talk: 70 years of Israeli wine!

Seventy years of Israeli wine. These are the people and wines which contributed most.

Israel at 70 - Medicine
WATCH: Israel at 70 - Israeli doctors and the future of medicine

Will we have robots for doctors in the future? Find out what Israeli doctors think will happen to hospitals and medicine!

By JPOST.COM STAFF
13/04/2018
Israel at 70 - Employment
WATCH: Israel at 70 - The future of employment in Israel

Will robots take our jobs in the future? Find out what Israeli researchers think will happen to employment in the future.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
14/04/2018
The Samson family just after making aliya in 1996
One thousand cool things about living in Israel

“I started this page in March of 2013 with one goal: so that my children and others like them would continue to appreciate the uniquely Jewish aspects of life in Israel."

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
12/04/2018
Screenshot from Big Data, a video produced by White Animation (www.whiteanimation.com) for Israel 70
WATCH: Israel at 70 - Big data and the future of Israel

Scary? Exciting? Both? How will big data shape the future of Israel and our planet?

By JPOST.COM STAFF
12/04/2018
Screenshot from Big Data, a video produced by White Animation (www.whiteanimation.com) for Israel 70
WATCH: Israel at 70 - Israeli scientists and the future of the brain

What's in store for neuroscience? How do Israeli scientists see the field developing for the good of humankind? Find out in this short and adorable animation in celebration of Israeli-led progress.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
11/04/2018
Screenshot from Big Data, a video produced by White Animation (www.whiteanimation.com) for Israel 70
WATCH: Israel at 70 - The future of food in Israel

What will food in Israel be like in the future?

By JPOST.COM STAFF
10/04/2018
Honduras's President Juan Orlando Hernández
Hearing criticism, Honduran president declines Independence Day invitation

In midst of torch-lighting feud, President Hernandez reneged on his previously announced attendance at the Mount Herzl ceremony.

10/04/2018
Culture Minister Miri Regev (L) and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (R).
‘It’s not personal, it’s about unity': Edelstein on Independence Day row

“Many citizens feel distressed in recent days because of the dispute around the celebrations of 70 years of the State of Israel,” said Edelstein.

Screenshot from Big Data, a video produced by White Animation (www.whiteanimation.com) for Israel 70
WATCH: Israel at 70 - the future of the Jewish diaspora

What's in store for the relationship between Jews in Israel and around the world?

By JPOST.COM STAFF
09/04/2018
Independence Day
14 torch lighters for Independence Day ceremony unveiled

Regev approved the list of the torch lighters, who were recommended by a public committee.

Mayim Bialilk
Is nobody in the Diaspora worthy of lighting an Independence Day torch?

This was supposed to be the second year running that one torch would be specially reserved for members of Diaspora Jewry.

Independence Day ceremony
Actors Ze’ev Revach and Leah Koenig to light torch on Independence Day

Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said the two artists provided an expression of “the beauty of Israeli culture” from both the East and West.

GRAPEVINE: Celebrating 70

Over 200 Bnei Menashe immigrants arrived in Israel from India just a few days before Passover.

A man holds a laptop computer as cyber code is projected on him
Israeli intelligence at 70: Is the future humans or machines?

Former senior officials weigh in on the challenges and opportunities presented by new technology.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (L) and President Reuven Rivin (R).
Rivlin and Shaked revive pardons tradition for 70th Independence Day

Addressing a seminar on pardons at the President’s Residence on Monday, Rivlin said pardons and the commuting of sentences on important national days have been a tradition in several countries.

nakba day
IDF intel head predicts Palestinian ‘explosion’ ahead of Independence Day

“The month of May, with the days of independence and nakba day, signals that a possible explosion is coming, driven on the Palestinian side by growing frustration and hopelessness.”

RETIRED SUPREME Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein at his office in the High Court building in Jerusal
Separation of powers: 70 years of balancing Supreme Court, Knesset

Ex-justice Elyakim Rubinstein gives his verdict to the ‘Post.’

Gali Atari, Eden Ben-Zaken to headline Independence Day celebration

The duo will perform Israel's 1979 Eurovision winning song, 'Hallelujah,' which Atari originally performed.

07/03/2018
Healing a 70-year-old wound: On the disappearance of the Yemenite children

The Knesset’s Special Committee on the Disappearance of Yemenite and Balkan Children has reunited three families, and urges adopted Jewish children outside of Israel to make contact

US Embassy in Tel Aviv
Top Israeli minister: US to move embassy to Jerusalem on 70th Independence Day

A May opening appears to represent an earlier time frame than what had been expected.

By JPOST.COM STAFF , REUTERS
23/02/2018
70 years on: The bombing of the 'Post' offices, and the paper's legacy

Post employees didn't let a half-ton of explosives stop them from putting out a paper on that fateful day in 1948.

01/02/2018
DAVID BEN-GURION reads the declaration of Israel’s independence in Tel Aviv in 1948.
70 years of conflict later

While territorial division remains the focus of the peace process, some believe that the core issue of the conflict is a rejection of any Jewish sovereignty

By CHARLES BYBELEZER/THE MEDIA LINE
29/11/2017
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