Independence Day in Israel begins tonight, Wednesday 19th April. Forty ambassadors to the United Nations from Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe and Latin America, accompanied by Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon, have arrived for Israel’s 70th Anniversary celebrations.
Independence Day is traditionally celebrated with music and bright lights across the country’s towns and villages and the Israeli air force is expected to stage a spectacular fly-past on Thursday.
This date ‘coincides’ with that of significant events during previous Aprils, indicative of the historical nature of a particular cycle in human activity. Read the next post for all the fascinating facts.
Jurgen Buhler, President of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, writes:
‘Israel is a nation that has faced unbelievable obstacles, and yet over these 70 years our mighty God has breathed life into the land once again. Seventy years ago, Israel was an undeveloped nation filled with orphans who survived through the Holocaust, and yet, God used those very people to cultivate, develop, grow, and bring new life back into the promised land!
‘The ICEJ rejoices with the Jewish people on April 18th and 19th as the streets of Israel resound with music, dancing, singing, and festivities to celebrate this spectacular moment in history! The international commemoration date will be on May 14th, which coincides with the opening date for the new US embassy in Jerusalem, so stay tuned for more opportunities to wish Israel a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
‘Today, let us rejoice around the world in the miracles God has done in the nation of Israel!
Psalm 118:24 – “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Here ICEJ’s VP Senior Spokesman David Parsons brings to mind the miracles God has done over these 70 years in Israel:
UPDATE (Thursday am):
Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump were among the well-wishers for Israel’s 70th anniversary. Her Majesty’s congratulations on Israel’s anniversary were conveyed through the British ambassador. Trump tweeted, “Best wishes to Prime Minister Netanyahu and all of the people of Israel on the 70th Anniversary of your Great Independence. We have no better friends anywhere. Looking forward to moving our Embassy to Jerusalem next month!”