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April 26, 2004
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Happy Birthday to the State of Israel: 56 years of freedom for persecuted Jews

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that Israel is celebrating today it's 56th birthday:

A beautiful light show at the Tower of David celebrates Israel's 56th Birthday!

Israel began celebrating its 56th birthday Monday evening, at the end of the solemn commemoration of the annual Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers.

At sundown, the somber atmosphere abruptly gave way to fireworks displays, open-air concerts and spirited street festivities. Israelis explain the juxtaposition by saying that the battles in which the soldiers died helped create and maintain the Jewish state.

Interviewed on Channel One's Independence Day broadcast Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he was confident that by this time next year, "we will be in the midst of disengagement from Gaza. This is good for Israel, good for Israel's security, good for the economy and good for peace, which I believe will come one day."

Happy Birthday to the only country in the World who will stand up against Nazis, Islamic Fascists and extreme European leftists against another Holocaust and the murder of innocent Jews.

And that's the main reason Israel is winning the war on Palestinian and Islamic terrorism: Israelis want to live. Contrary to the mass murderers from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, whose only goal is to murder, destroy and die, Israelis only wish to live and survive.

I find it incredible that Palestinians are always mentioning the "Nakba", (the "Catastrophe" in Arabic), when the State of Israel was created. In their racist minds, the creation of the State of Israel caused Palestinians to loose their homeland and that is the biggest crime that has ever been executed by "the Jews".

Yet, most of these Palestinian, Islamic intolerant fools and their sympathizers wish for the exact thing they oppose: ethnic cleansing of the Middle East and the removal of all Jews from the area.

If they stop murdering and wishing for the destruction of Israel and the genocide of her citizens, Palestinians can create a State of their own in the West Bank and Gaza (see the History page for more details).

But the Israeli Jews have nowhere else to go. Israel is here to stay and persecuted Jews from any country can also find a place where being Jewish will not lead them to a death camp. This idea that Jews deserve their own State and a place to live free of racism, violence and death also lives.

I copy the full article below.

Israel celebrates 56th Independence Day
By NINA GILBERT, Apr. 26, 2004, Link

Israel began celebrating its 56th birthday Monday evening, at the end of the solemn commemoration of the annual Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers.

At sundown, the somber atmosphere abruptly gave way to fireworks displays, open-air concerts and spirited street festivities. Israelis explain the juxtaposition by saying that the battles in which the soldiers died helped create and maintain the Jewish state.

Interviewed on Channel One's Independence Day broadcast Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he was confident that by this time next year, "we will be in the midst of disengagement from Gaza. This is good for Israel, good for Israel's security, good for the economy and good for peace, which I believe will come one day."

Despite Leftist criticism, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin dedicated the lighting of an Independence Day torch Monday night on Mount Herzel in part to the residents of Kfar Darom, who have been slated for evacuation from the Gaza settlement under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral disengagement plan.

The text of Rivlin's dedication reads: "In honor of the Knesset, Israel's legislature, the pioneers, all of the settlers of the land of our forefathers and their redeemers – from Hanita to Kfar Darom, from Negba to Kiryat Arba, Hebron – and in honor of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel."

Rivlin's words drew a round of applause from the large audience, Israel Radio reported.

Earlier, addressing a crowd at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Gush Etzion settlement bloc, south of Jerusalem, Rivlin said: "We will continue to hold on to the lands of this wonderful country, even in times when the hands of those who carried on their shoulders the vision of the Land of Israel have become weak."

Rivlin came under fire from Knesset factions to the Left of the Likud for his plan to mention the residents of settlements. MKs criticized Rivlin for exploiting the opening ceremony for Independence Day to campaign against the disengagement plan.

Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On called the planned speech a "disgrace" and an "exploitation and politicization" of the Knesset speaker's position.

Gal-On also said Rivlin was trying to ignite public debate about settlers at a state ceremony.

Shinui faction leader Reshef Cheyne said that Rivlin has become swept up in the political storm over the plan, and has apparently forgotten about the fine line between his political and state persona. "He has brought politics into one of the most (important) national ceremonies, and by doing so has harmed the Knesset and his own stature," Cheyne said.

Rivlin reacted to the criticism by saying that all of the settlements he mentioned existed before the establishment of the state, Knesset spokesman Giora Pordes said.

Security was tight and Palestinians were banned from entering Israel during the holiday, which began at sundown.

With Associated Press

Posted by David Melle at April 26, 2004 07:30 PM
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I have nothing against Israel. But I support a two-state soultion and the peaceprocess. Please donīt blame all Palestinians/Muslims/Arabs for hating Jews and Israel.

Posted by: Hanna on April 30, 2004 03:48 AM
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