Israelis jam-pack parks, army bases in celebration of Independence Day

Festivities were kicked off at the President’s Residence, where President Shimon Peres paid homage to soldiers who were cited for exceptional service.

May 6, 2014 13:47
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Independence Day

Israelis look on as a formation of IAF aircraft flies over the Knesset in Jerusalem on Tuesday.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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More than a million Israelis took to the nation’s parks, forests and nature reserves on Tuesday to celebrate Independence Day.

Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund reported about a million revelers arriving at its picnic sites and forests, with approximately 400,000 of them concentrated in the Center and Shfela regions. Israel Nature and Parks Authority officials said they welcomed additional tens of thousands of travelers to national parks and nature reserves around the country.

The most frequented INPA sites were Yarkon National Park, Ashkelon National Park, Ein Hemed National Park, Achziv National Park and Hurshat Tal, the authority said.

Early risers were quick to claim their spaces at the KKL-JNF sites, particularly in the central region’s Ben Shemen Forest and at Hamlachim Forest in the South. Every year, the forests receive record numbers of travelers for Independence Day celebrations, KKL-JNF added. To prepare for the mass arrival of picnickers, the organization’s workers distributed biodegradable garbage bags and instructed visitors to dispose of them in designated locations.

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