Photo Gallery: Israel celebrates Independence Day

Air Force treats beach-goers to fly-by demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israelis take to national parks and IDF bases.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, MELANIE LIDMAN
April 26, 2012 17:58
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IAF planes over Knesset in J'lem, Independence Day

IAF planes over Knesset in J'lem, Independence Day 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
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Israelis took to beaches, parks, IDF bases and held barbeques across the country Thursday to celebrate the country's 64th Independence Day.

The Israel Air Force treated Tel Aviv beach-goers and celebrants in Jerusalem to fly-overs. Visitors were invited into a number of IDF bases throughout the country, and by 11 a.m., police were already asking the public to stop arriving at parks and bases due to the high turnout.

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Basing in gently warm temperatures and ample sunshine, Israelis also took to national parks and nature reserves on the national holiday. The Parks and Nature Authority said some 300,000 Israelis visited the nation's natural and heritage sites.

Wednesday night, the annual Independence Day celebration went forward without incident despite tragedy a week ago, when a lighting rig collapsed and killed Lt. Hila Bezaleli during rehearsals for the event. Bezaleli was honored with two moments of silence before the beginning of the ceremony and during the procession of the Color Guards, where the 20-year-old medic was supposed to take part.

Bezaleli’s family sat in the front row of the audience along with Knesset Speaker Rueben Rivlin, and Bezaleli’s mother, Sigalit, light the central torch at the beginning of the ceremony with Rivlin.

Rivlin stressed that extremism is the biggest threat to the State of Israel in his address marking the transition from the somber Memorial Day to the festive Independence Day. “Conflicts show our maturity,” he said, highlighting the fact that the country was now stable enough to concentrate on growing and improving, and inevitability of disagreements stemming from Israel’s growing pains. “It is not a conflict of Jews and Arabs, or secular and religious, it is a conflict of extremism,” he said.

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