Netanyahu: God’s Spirit Helped Us Build Israel

As Israelis joyously celebrate the modern state’s 71st birthday, Netanyahu reminds everyone where there strength comes from

By Israel Today Staff |
Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The theme for Israel’s 71st Independence Day celebration was Spirit – the overcoming life force of Israelis to face every obstacle, move on, and build a nation against all odds.

During the main ceremony in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that it is the Spirit that comes from the Bible that is in the people of Israel that has given this nation the ability to overcome every obstacle. He said that the stories and heritage of God’s word give’s the Jewish people their “spirit, strength and inspiration to build the nation of Israel.”

Check out photos from the joyous celebrations that took place across the land last Thursday:

Tel Aviv (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Tel Aviv (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The Israel Air Force also flew over the Knesset in Jerusalem (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

And in nearby Gan Saker, Israelis enjoyed their favorite pastime – grilling meat! (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In Haifa, the public was invited to visit an Air Force base. (Flash90)

Jerusalem “March of the Living” (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Happy Birthday, Israel! (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took center stage this year as emblematic of the brave unyielding Spirit of Israel and army, air force and naval bases across the country were opened for families to visit and watch Israel’s ground, air and sea forces perform for the crowds.

On the occasion of Israel’s 71st Independence Day, the IDF released these and other inspiring videos:

“We Are Here!”

What is this inner spirit that helps Israelis overcome all obstacles?


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