Celebrating in Jerusalem's skies
Photo: EPA
Naval display in Netanya
Photo: Ido Erez
Netanyahu at President's Residence for sing along
Photo: Alex Kolomoisky

Israel at 62: This is how we celebrated

800,000 take to Israel's parks, forests, JNF campsites, while others celebrate at other sites throughout country. President, prime minister, chief of staff, defense minister, sing off key with IDF orchestra

Celebrations for Israel's 62nd birthday are drawing to a close. Here is a brief summary of Tuesday's Independence Day festivities.


Hundreds of thousands of trekkers and barbequers celebrated as Jewish National Fund campsites, parks, and forests filled to the brim. Israel Air Force performed a show flight over Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and the Navy performed a naval review off of Israel's shores.


Photo: Avihu Shapira



Some 800,000 people visited JNF parks, forests, and campsites throughout Israel. The most popular sites in the north were Jordan Park, Ein Hazeitim, and Carmel Forests. In the center, most visitors went to Ben-Shemen Forest, Yatir Forest, and Golda Park, in the south.


The JNF reported that 450 tons of garbage were collected from sites throughout the country.


Out of all the Independence Day celebrations, one event, a first of its kind, stood out in particular. President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak sang along to an accompaniment from the IDF orchestra.


פרסום ראשון: 04.20.10, 23:55
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