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Beaches and barbecues for Israelís 70th birthday bas.
  Thursday 19 April, 2018
Beaches and barbecues for Israelís 70th birthday bas.

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are expected to hit the countryís coastlines and national parks on Thursday as the country marks its 70th Independence Day with barbeques, beach parties, and its annual military flyover.Israel rang in its Independence Day celebrations with a bang on Wednesday evening, after an emotional crossover from a somber Memorial Day honoring the countryís 23,646 fallen soldiers and 3,134 victims of terrorism.

Fireworks lit up the skies across the country and Israelis poured into the streets to party until dawn following an extravagant state ceremony in Jerusalem featuring several musical numbers and the lighting of 12 torches (representing the twelve tribes of the people of Israel) by Israelis considered to have made outstanding contributions to society.The partying is set to continue into Thursday, the highlight being the annual military flyover and naval parade which will pass over 40 Israeli cities from Kiryat Shmona in the north to Eilat in the south and will feature a wide range of aircraft -- including Israelís fleet of F-35 fighter jets, considered to be the most advanced plane in the world.i24NEWS Israeli fighter jets fly over Israel for the annual Independence Day airshow on May 2, 2017.

i24NEWS The air show will move from north to south Israel, hitting the skies above Haifa at 10:20 a.m. and arriving in Tel Aviv and Jaffa between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., before continuing south to Ashdod and Ashkelon between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.The United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Poland, Greece, and Italy will all send aircraft to participate in the event.A number of other events will be held at military bases throughout the country, all open to the general public.Most Israelis will celebrate the day outdoors on the countryís beaches and national parks -- many of which are open free of charged for Independence Day.Menahem KAHANA (AFP) Des Israťliens fÍtent les 70 ans de l'ťtat hťbreu dans le centre de Jerusalem, le 18 avril 2018.

Menahem KAHANA (AFP) Official ceremonies to be held Thursday include a musical celebration honoring over 100 IDF soldiers receiving commendations for excellence, to be held at the residence of President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem and attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman,






source:https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/172650-180419-beaches-and-barbecues-for-israel-s-70th-birthday-bash

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