This year's commemoration has been marred by a dispute between Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and a group of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families holding a joint memorial ceremony for loved ones.
Seventy years, in Jewish tradition, represents a lifetime.
The incident came as Israeli security forces were on full alert ahead of the mass celebrations for the country's 70th anniversary of its founding on Wednesday night. If past history is an indicator of future events, the Jewish state will outlast its modern enemies who rose during the last century to destroy it and become even more powerful than one could possibly imagine.
Most countries do not recognize either Israel's or the Palestinians' sovereignty in Jerusalem and have embassies to Israel in the Tel Aviv area. "Not just anti-Israel, anti-Semitism".
On Tuesday, hundreds of Palestinians marked the Prisoners Day as part of the continuous mass protests known as the "Great March of Return" that started in late March in five major spots along Gaza's eastern borders with Israel. At 70, one reaches seivah, meaning old age, though the word is associated with wisdom. Israeli settlers also defiled Muslim cemeteries in Jerusalem.More news: Russian Federation threatens to block Facebook
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When I was born in 1959, Jerusalem was a divided city and Jews were not allowed by the Jordanians to visit or pray at their holy sites. "And I'm very fortunate that I made it".
At the same time, we have seen ordinary Israelis, along with their partners across the world, stand up for democracy.
The 70th year, then, marks a moment of transition.
The Israeli army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns across the West Bank on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians. Iran's leaders have vowed to destroy the Jewish state, and though its nuclear ambitions have been curtailed, for now, it is for the first time engaged in direct military confrontation with Israel - played out in Syria. J Street is an organization that is poison to the Jewish people and Israel. Taking the IDF by surprise, they made many territorial advances deep into the Sinai and Golan Heights inflicting heavy casualties.
Security guards said they found explosives during a routine search of a truck trying to cross the West Bank's Reihan Crossing. Places of entertainment shut down and TV and radio stations broadcast war stories and melancholic music. Moreover, Israel is facing Sunni Islamist jihadists and the Palestinians who have returned to attack Israel by themselves and through the BDS movement and the UN.