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The Daily TIP: President Rivlin: Israel's 69th Birthday Is "the Independence Day of All the Jewish People"

Posted by Tip Staff - May 01, 2017

President Rivlin: Israel's 69th Birthday Is "the Independence Day of All the Jewish People"
U.S. National Security Advisor: Iran Using "Hezbollah Model" to Destabilize Middle East
North Korea’s Support for Palestinians, Threats Against Israel Draw Praise From Hamas
Israel Unveils Hall of Remembrance for Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day



President Rivlin: Israel's 69th Birthday Is "the Independence Day of All the Jewish People" 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said that his country's 69th birthday marked "the Independence Day of all the Jewish people" in a video released Monday.

“Sixty-nine years ago, in the moments just after David Ben Gurion declared the birth of the State of Israel, we all went out to dance in the streets," Rivlin recalled. "We celebrated a hope which came true: to be a free people in our land, in Jerusalem,” he said, translating a phrase from Israel's national anthem, Hatikvah.

Rivlin observed that his generation, "who dreamed to see an Israeli pilot fly above them," have gotten "to see Israeli satellites circle the globe." After seeking a home for "hundreds of years," the Jewish nation "has built universities and Yeshivot," seminaries for religious studies, the president observed.

Explaining that Israelis look to "turn challenges into opportunities," Rivlin exhorted, "on this day, on our Independence Day, let us all work to be sure that our national home is a home that looks after the weak, and cares for its sons and daughters. This is the duty of our leaders, but it is also the duty of each and every one of us.”

On behalf of all Israelis, Rivlin thanked Jews across the world who "give so much to help Israel and Israeli society grow.”

U.S. National Security Advisor: Iran Using "Hezbollah Model" to Destabilize Middle East 

The Trump administration's national security advisor, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, accused Iran of applying the “Hezbollah model" to take advantage of weak regimes and destabilize the Middle East on Fox News this past Sunday.

According to McMaster, the “Hezbollah model” strategy includes targeting weak governments in the region and then funding and supporting militias and other illegal armed groups within these respective countries.   Hezbollah is an Iranian-backed Lebanese terror group that has recently consolidated its hold on the government of Lebanon, following last year's election of Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah.

In an answer to a question from host, Chris Wallace, as to whether the United States, in the wake of the nuclear deal that ended many sanctions on Iran, had the leverage to pressure Iran with sanctions, McMaster answered in the affirmative.

McMaster's reference to Iranian-backed "militias and other illegal armed groups," are apparent references to the Shiite militias, known as popular mobilization units (PMU), operating in Iraq and with the Houthi rebels, who are waging war against the Western-backed government in Yemen.

McMaster further explained that Iran's abetting the "murderous" Assad regime in Syria demonstrated its bad intentions. Hezbollah and the PMUs have played a significant role in defending the rule of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and have been accused of war crimes in the fighting.

North Korea’s Support for Palestinians, Threats Against Israel Draw Praise From Hamas 

The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas on Sunday expressed its appreciation for North Korea's threat to inflict "merciless" punishment upon Israel.

"Hamas appreciates North Korea statement in which it supported the Palestinian's struggle and rejected the continuation of occupation," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri wrote on his private Twitter account.

"Hamas refuses [sic] Israeli abuse of North Korea and confirms that Israel is the leader of evil and terrorism in the world," Zuhri also tweeted.

A statement from North Korea on Saturday blasted Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman for criticizing the Pyongyang regime in a recent interview, calling his comments a "cynical ploy to escape the world denunciation and curse as disturber of peace in the Middle East, occupier of the Arab territories and culprit of crimes against humanity."

The statement also defended North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons as a "righteous right for self-defense to cope with the US provocative moves for aggression." It threatened Israel and anyone who "dares hurt the dignity of its supreme leadership" with "merciless, thousand-fold punishment."

Israel Unveils Hall of Remembrance for Fallen Soldiers on Memorial Day

On the eve of Israel's Memorial Day on Sunday, a $25 million Hall of Remembrance dedicated to fallen soldiers was unveiled on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, where Israel’s national cemetery and other memorial and educational facilities are located.

The hall features a 60-foot mountain of stones and a bell made of more than 6,000 steel bricks. The walls are covered with about 23,000 bricks, each engraved with the name of a fallen soldier, the date the soldier was killed, and a candle to be lit on the anniversary of the soldier’s death.

“The Hall of Remembrance will allow for a personal and collective experience of commemoration and is an expression of the country’s moral obligation to remember every single one of its fallen,” the Defense Ministry said. “It is the only structure in the country that physically commemorates all of Israel’s fallen, from all of its wars, on its very walls.”

Memorial Day began at nightfall Sunday with a 60-second siren during which Israelis stand still in silence. A two-minute siren sounded the next morning.

An estimated 1.5 million people visited Israeli cemeteries Monday.

(via Israel21c)


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