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Posts Tagged ‘Independence Day’

(Updated) Happy 65th Birthday to Israel!

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 15, 2013

Today Israel celebrates the 65th anniversary of its Independence Day.  We at SPIB want to wish our Mideast ally and friend a happy Independence Day!

The modern State of Israel represents the culmination of 4000 years of Jewish history, beginning with God’s covenant with Abraham.  It also represents the fulfillment of prophecy.

Here is a  video from the official You Tube page of the State of Israel.

Video retrieved from Israel.

The Times of Israel staff reports on Israel’s Independence Day celebrations and the Memorial Day for Israelis lost in combat and to terrorism that preceded it:

Fireworks skyrocket over a music and dance performance at Mt. Herzl on Independence Day. (photo credit: image capture from Channel 10)

Fireworks skyrocket over a music and dance performance at Mt. Herzl on Independence Day. (photo credit: image capture from Channel 10)

Israel on Monday evening officially transitioned from Memorial Day, one of sorrow and remembrance, to Independence Day celebrations. Civilian dignitaries and military brass attended the country’s closing memorial ceremony at Jerusalem’s Mt. Herzl, in which 12 torches were lit commemorating the 12 tribes of Israel.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein opened the Independence Day ceremony saying that he never dreamed as a child that he would stand beside Theodor Herzl’s grave as a member of Knesset.

“I didn’t dream — not because I didn’t dare, and not because I was afraid. As a child I barely knew the State of Israel, I didn’t dream to be a part of it,” he said.

He noted that 26 years ago to the day he was released from a Soviet prison after serving time for seeking to immigrate to Israel. ”Today… my heart is filled, it is bursting its banks, full of prayer and thanksgiving,” he told the crowd.

The theme for 2013′s ceremony, chosen by the Ministerial Committee for Ceremonies and Icons, was the national legacy and the preservation of national cultural assets for generations to come. Fourteen honorees, selected for their cultural work, lit the 12 ceremonial torches.

Fireworks erupted over Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and cities across Israel moments after the final torch was lit, accompanied at Mt. Herzl by a musical and dance performance.

Earlier on Monday, a two-minute siren brought the country to a halt as Israel continued its Memorial Day events in remembrance of 25,578 war and terror victims.

Speaking at the official state ceremony for Israel’s fallen, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who lost his brother Yoni in the 1976 Entebbe raid, said he had been asked how to cope by children he met recently who had lost parents in wars or terror attacks.

“I answered honestly that I don’t know how to advise on how to manage with a loss like that. I told them that the death of my brother toughened me,” he told those gathered at the military cemetery at Mount Herzl. “We know that there is no real relief or comforting.”

Netanyahu also said Israel would continue to fight but also work toward peace.

“We will continue to work to make peace with our neighbors and to defend our land,” he said. “From the day of Israel’s birth great forces tried to destroy her. They never succeeded and will never succeed.”

Some 1.5 million Israelis were visiting cemeteries and memorial sites for services Sunday evening and Monday. All in all, 23,085 members of the country’s security forces died while in active service since Israel’s 1947-8 War of Independence, along with those who fought in Zionist pre-state militias going back to 1860.

Memorial Day began on Sunday night with a one-minute siren at 8 p.m. and an official ceremony at the Western Wall.

The day commemorates, in addition to servicemen and women, the 2,493 civilians who were killed in terror attacks.

Speaking at a ceremony for terror victims, Netanyahu said violence against civilians had been a constant challenge for the Zionist enterprise, surrounded by enemies who sought to kill or maim.

“We will not give in or surrender. We will pursue the terrorists relentlessly and we will strike them in any place. Terror is not from heaven, it is a mortal act,” he said. “Our willpower is greater than their willpower. We will never be like the murderers who do not hesitate to slaughter innocent people. We will not teach our children vengeance and hatred.”

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UPDATE:

Here are two additional videos shared with us by our friend Jack.  The first one is especially inspiring.


Video retrieved from standwithus.


Video retrieved from standwithus.

Unity Coalition for Israel International (UCI) posted this powerful video by Yishai Fleisher yesterday.

UCI Celebrates Israel’s 65th Independence Day with Yishai Fleisher

Yishai Fleisher – UCI Exclusive Video,  April 15th, 2013


Video retrieved from Esther Levens.

Israel is 65!

Yishai Fleisher, Israel’s only english-language broadcast radio talk show host, and featured weekly on UCI’sVoices From Israeluc4i.org/voices. He visited Kansas City recently and had the opportunity to speak with Unity Coalition for Israel founder, Esther Levens, about the unique nature of tiny but fierce country in the Middle East. He pointed out that Israel is the only state that secures freedoms for both its Jewish and Arab citizens as well as for many other Arabs in its keep.

“Freedom? That’s our middle name! The preposterous attempt by the media and the United Nations and many other groups to paint Israel as the one pariah state, the apartheid state, is the biggest FARCE in the world today – where Israel is exactly the opposite – the one state (in the Middle East) that guarantees freedoms. And the states around us! THEY are the states that have instituted apartheid!” – Yishai Fleisher

Yishai is also the founder of Kumah, a nonprofit organization in Israel and the United States that works to educate the public about Israel. It’s mission is to dispel myths and stereotypes about Israel and the Middle East, enhance connection to Israel through media projects, and to strengthen the Jewish character of Israel through renovation of historic sites (The Tomb of Yishai and Ruth in Hebron and Jewish property on the Mount of Olives), publications, legislation for the Knesset, and Aliyah activism.

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Netanyahu: “July 4 is a time to not take freedom for granted.”

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 4, 2012

Video retrieved from  

Prime Minister Netanyahu recorded an Independence Day greeting for America.  Netanyahu is a true statesman and carries himself with the dignity of the great man he is.  America is longing for another statesman President of his caliber.  In this address, Netanyahu actually sounds more American than our current President.  He expresses the ideals that have made America great, the ideals that are rooted in America’s JudeoChristian heritage.

Here is a transcript of Netanyahu’s address following a brief introduction.

Even though I can’t be there in person, I want to express my appreciation to President Obama and the American people as you celebrate Independence Day.  You see, because as Israel’s prime minister, I appreciate deeply all that America has done for Israel.  And as the leader of one of the world’s most vibrant democracies – you know how vibrant – I appreciate all the great sacrifices that America has made in order to advance liberty and democracy throughout the world.

America’s Revolution was founded on two very powerful ideas – first, that people should have the right to elect their own leaders and be sovereign over their own destiny.  And second, that the power of those leaders, the power of governments, must be checked so that individual rights will be protected.  I’m always moved, no matter how many years pass, I’m always moved when I read Thomas Jefferson’s words, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Precisely.  The American Revolution brought these two powerful ideas together, and they made America a beacon of liberty for all humanity.  Now, you know that the Middle East is undergoing a profound and a stark transformation.   The question arises:  Will these twin ideas, will they become rooted in our region too?  All those who value freedom should remember that to be a real democracy, it is not enough to have a government that represents the majority of the people.  Real democracy also means having a government that respects the rights of each and every individual.  A real democracy is not really about holding popular election – it’s about what happens between elections.  It means ensuring that no one is above the law.  It means protecting free speech, freedom of the press,  freedom of religion.  It means upholding the rights of minorities, gays, women , children – everyone – by ensuring popular sovereignty and individual rights.

The nations of the region can join America and Israel in being genuine democracies.  Now, will this happen?  In the near term, I think we will all agree there is ample reason for skepticism. The forces throughout the region that are rising are not exactly  – how shall it put it – they’re not exactly Jeffersonians – but in the long term, in the long term, I believe there is reason for hope, because with the spread of information technology, it will become increasingly difficult to keep young minds closed, cloistered in darkness.

Ultimately, the power of freedom is bound to prevail.   Ultimately,  people throughout the Middle East will enjoy the rights that we in free societies too often take for granted.   Ladies and gentlemen, July 4 is a time to not take freedom for granted.  It’s a time to be thankful that history granted America the power to match its ideals with action.  It’s a time for free people everywhere to send their best wishes to the United States of America, to the country that has done so much to make the world a safer, freer, and more peaceful place.  So on behalf of the people of Israel, let me wish President Obama and all the American people a happy Independence Day – 0r as they say in small towns across America – Ha’atzmaut.

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A reading of the Declaration of Independence

Posted by Roderic Deane on July 4, 2012

I originally recorded this last year for my BlogTalkRadio Show and decided to make it a tradition on Independence Day.

Enjoy!

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Oh, say can you see, past November …

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 4, 2012

On Independence Day, we once again celebrate the birth of our country in 1776.  However, many of us are peering anxiously ahead as Francis Scott Key did that night in 1814 when he penned our national anthem.  British soldiers had burned Washington, and the British Navy was now trying to take Baltimore during the War of 1812.  Similarly, patriotic Americans today are watching an epic battle between those who would preserve our Republic and those who would dismantle it.  Like Key, we are looking past November 6 to see if our Republic will survive.

This time our weapon is the vote. Our battle will be in every town and city and rural area in our nation as voters are mustered to put patriots into office and to remove those from office who misrepresent us.  Our ultimate battle is to take back the White House and restore our constitutional form of government.  It is critical that we do that in November to prevent another four years of political carnage.

Time is short, and we have an urgent message to get out and an “Army of Davids” to deliver it. As Americans have proven so many times in the past, with God’s help, we can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds in our battle for justice and freedom.   We must remember that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  (Edmund Burke)   Or put another way:  “All that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent.”   With our voice and our vote, we will win this battle for the soul of our nation. November can’t come soon enough!

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Palin: Celebrating America, Palin Style

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on July 3, 2012

Governor Sarah Palin sends an Independence Day message via her Facebook page:

 

Trig and I are gearing up to watch Piper Indi march in the “big” annual 4th of July parade tomorrow with her cousins in Wasilla! (Yes, Piper’s middle name “Indi” is short for Independence.) Todd picks up Bristol and Willow to fly them over to Bristol Bay so they can get their hands dirty on our commercial fishing grounds – the season’s peak is soon and we’re praying for an onslaught of wild Alaskan salmon to slay for appreciative consumers and a huge harvest for our young crew that needs to make some money for school tuition! Willow celebrates her birthday during this holiday week, and she gets a tank of gas in her pickup truck; it’s her favorite gift. Glad it’s Tuesday because we’ll get to tune in to Bristol’s show “Life’s a Tripp” on the Lifetime Network tonight amidst Piper’s parade preparations… I think it’s the episode where the girls attend the CPAC conference with me and we have a wild time with great friends and patriots! Tune in tonight to see Willow’s profound advice she shares on my politics. :)

Thinking about our son and all of America’s deployed troops and our vets who let us celebrate our great nation’s independence. Thank you, U.S. military, for serving there so we can celebrate here. We love America and we thank those who serve and sacrifice.

Happy 4th of July, America!

– Sarah Palin

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If you like Tim McGraw’s new pickup truck anthem “Truck Yeah”, you’ll understand my kids’ love of their rigs. Here’s one of the girls’ trucks; it explains why they’re expected to work for a full gas tank.

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Remembering Governor Palin’s Declaration of Independence

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 3, 2011

It’s been two years since Governor Palin announced the decision to sacrificially resign from a job she loved and at which she excelled to save her state and her family from individuals shamelessly hell-bent on playing politics with people’s lives. At that time, she knew the only way to allow the important business of serving Alaskans to continue was to step aside and allow Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell to take over.

Since then, Governor Palin has made an incredible impact on the nation as a voice for conservative principles, she’s weathered attack after attack on her character and record, and she’s been a constant, much-needed thorn in the side of President Obama’s political agenda. Hopefully, she’ll make the decision to be an even greater thorn and challenge him for the White House in 2012.

The continuing–albeit unfruitful–effort by political puppets to prove moral turpitude and professional malfeasance on her part further reveals her wisdom in stepping down so as not to allow her presence to hinder state business. Her decision stopped the ongoing unfounded, politically motivated witch hunts from further arresting her administration. Still, even as a private citizen, she’s endured a stalker moving in next door, which is enough to creep anybody out; a bogus book written by a money mongering ex-employee, which was debunked outright; private emails released to the public, which served only to reveal what a hardworking governor she was; and a plethora of other tactics to harass, destroy, or silence her.

Clearly, her decision to step aside has shown itself to be the right decision for Alaska’s progress and a benefit to the nation, as she has been unshackled and free to make an impact from outside the ethics complaints and political games. The haters had hoped to imprison Governor Palin, but they underestimated her tenacity. While some politicians would have gone with the flow, collected paychecks, and tried to maintain sanity while spending time and resources battling the insane, she showed her commitment to integrity over title and declared her independence–because it was the right thing to do.

Because I had the unique opportunity to be in the state of Alaska both when Governor Palin announced her resignation on Independence Weekend and when she turned the reins over to Parnell, I’ve chosen to repost what I shared on this date last year. Let us reflect. I wrote:

A year ago today, as I traveled down the highway from Fairbanks to Wasilla, I realized that I was in Alaska at a true moment of history. It was July 3, 2009, and I had arrived in the state late on the 1st. That first night there was incredible enough–finally landing after 20 hours and four planes from New York to the Last Frontier, and then taking a walk close to midnight while children still played and rode their bikes in the bright summer sun that is so unique to Alaska.

But July 3rd was something else altogether. Almost a month earlier I had met Governor Palin in Auburn, NY, and I told her I would be in her state for a month. I was so excited then, but never did I guess that I would be there when the world would buzz with her announcement that she would soon step away from the governor’s office. But when my cell phone began to do some buzzing of its own, I knew this was big.

After time to digest the news, I settled on the thought that Governor Palin had disarmed the anklebiters, that she would do exactly what she said she would do, that is get behind common sense people who had a heart to serve, and she would not subject her family and the state she loved to the antics of the political piranhas who so desperately had applied a non-ceasing full-court press. I wrote that those who were so filled with hatred for her would soon regret that they had not let well-enough alone, that they had consumed themselves with taking her on. I knew she was truly declaring her independence and it would rock the worlds of the Palin-deranged. It’s safe to say I was right, isn’t it? If they had succeeded in defeating her, there would be no need for this ongoing Palin mania we see from the Left–and from some on the Right. I knew she had symbolically chosen Independence Day weekend to make her announcement, and I thought, “brilliant!”

I spent the evening of the 3rd having dinner with some of the Governor’s friends, associates, and supporters, the talk revolving around her resignation. I kept saying it was a good thing, and that we would soon see. Surely, we are seeing.

The next day, I marched in the 4th of July parade with the Valley Republican Women’s Club. There I met Mr. and Mrs. Heath, Piper, and many other wonderful Palin patriots. That evening I attended the Wasilla Tea Party, another wonderful experience. Click here to read all about that day and click here to see pictures.

It’s hard to believe how much has transpired in such a short time, but as I reflect on a year ago today–as Governor Palin has also done today, no doubt–I can’t help but be grateful at having been there for that moment, that moment in history. I wrote then that she had stepped down to step up. She certainly has, and she has brought so many up with her. And still, the best is yet to come.

The best is indeed yet to come, but it is getting closer. As Governor Palin herself has said numerous times, 2012 can’t come soon enough. Game On!

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From Fairbanks to Wasilla, Reflecting on a Year Ago

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 3, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

A year ago today, as I traveled down the highway from Fairbanks to Wasilla, I realized that I was in Alaska at a true moment of history. It was July 3, 2009, and I had arrived in the state late on the 1st. That first night there was incredible enough–finally landing after 20 hours and four planes from New York to the Last Frontier, and then taking a walk close to midnight while children still played and rode their bikes in the bright summer sun that is so unique to Alaska.

But July 3rd was something else altogether. Almost a month earlier I had met Governor Palin in Auburn, NY, and I told her I would be in her state for a month. I was so excited then, but never did I guess that I would be there when the world would buzz with her announcement that she would soon step away from the governor’s office. But when my cell phone began to do some buzzing of its own, I knew this was big.

After time to digest the news, I settled on the thought that Governor Palin had disarmed the anklebiters, that she would do exactly what she said she would do, that is get behind common sense people who had a heart to serve, and she would not subject her family and the state she loved to the antics of the political piranhas who so desperately had applied a non-ceasing full-court press. I wrote that those who were so filled with hatred for her would soon regret that they had not let well-enough alone, that they had consumed themselves with taking her on. I knew she was truly declaring her independence and it would rock the worlds of the Palin-deranged. It’s safe to say I was right, isn’t it? If they had succeeded in defeating her, there would be no need for this ongoing Palin mania we see from the Left–and from some on the Right. I knew she had symbolically chosen Independence Day weekend to make her announcement, and I thought, “brilliant!”

I spent the evening of the 3rd having dinner with some of the Governor’s friends, associates, and supporters, the talk revolving around her resignation. I kept saying it was a good thing, and that we would soon see. Surely, we are seeing.

The next day, I marched in the 4th of July parade with the Valley Republican Women’s Club. There I met Mr. and Mrs. Heath, Piper, and many other wonderful Palin patriots. That evening I attended the Wasilla Tea Party, another wonderful experience. Click here to read all about that day and click here to see pictures.

It’s hard to believe how much has transpired in such a short time, but as I reflect on a year ago today–as Governor Palin has also done today, no doubt–I can’t help but be grateful at having been there for that moment, that moment in history. I wrote then that she had stepped down to step up. She certainly has, and she has brought so many up with her. And still, the best is yet to come.

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