Seventy years ago, on the fifth of Iyar, Israel's Declaration of Independence was signed; the most important document in the history of the State of Israel, comprising the historic, moral and legal basis for Jewish independence in the land of Israel. This year, Israelis will be able to feel and take a small part in the historic event by signing the declaration themselves—albeit digitally.
About a week and a half before this year's Independence Day, a special website will be launched, offering citizens to add a digital signature to the historical document.
The Culture Ministry and the Administration of Israel's 70th Anniversary celebrations say hundreds of thousands are expected to sign.
Israelis could sign the declaration on their mobile phones, computers, or tablets, and then share it with friends on social networks.
After Independence Day, a book with all the signatures will be produced and presented at Independence Hall on Rothschild Street in Tel Aviv, where the Declaration of Independence was signed and Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, declared the establishment of the state.
The original scroll was signed by 24 members of the People's Assembly who attended the ceremony. The rest, who were besieged in Jerusalem at the time, signed the document at a later date.
"The Declaration of Independence is the official document that declared the establishment of the State of Israel, and we decided to connect everyone to one of the founding symbols of the State of Israel," said Culture Minister Miri Regev.
“On this Independence Day, all Israeli citizens will be able to take part in this piece of history and sign the scroll. This is an excellent opportunity for the younger generation to read the document and to be amazed at the power of the words written in the scroll read by David Ben-Gurion 70 years ago. I invite everyone to sign and share the glory of the State of Israel."