Israel Celebrating 70th Birthday, Admired Around the World

PM Netanyahu has much to celebrate as Israel turns 70. Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Amos Ben-Gershom (GPO)

The State of Israel kicked off their Independence Day marking 70 years as a modern nation on Wednesday night, and the country’s place in the world is only getting better according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “As I travel around the world meeting other leaders, I am struck by their appreciation and admiration for Israel. They seek Israel’s technology. They seek Israel’s ingenuity. They seek Israel’s genius,” said Netanyahu on Wednesday in comments released by his office marking the anniversary. “…Here’s the best part. We’re just getting started.”

Netanyahu later expressed his thanks to Israel’s “many friends around the world,” and one of the nation’s closest friends was quick to celebrate the Jewish state for turning 70-years-old.

United States President Donald Trump, tweeting Netanyahu around the start of the birthday in Israel, said, “Best wishes to Prime Minister @Netanyahu and all of the people of Israel on the 70th Anniversary of your Great Independence. We have no better friends anywhere. Looking forward to moving our Embassy to Jerusalem next month!”

While the United States is a long-time ally of Israel, Netanyahu noted that the Jewish state is making countries better around the planet. “I am proud that Israel is helping people in Latin America, in Africa, in Asia and in many other places to live healthier and safer lives,” said the Israeli premier, who has traveled around the world in recent months pursuing improved relations with a wide range of nations.

He has repeatedly promoted Israel’s improved standing in the world, including among Arab nations who once only saw Israel as an enemy and now see them as a companion in the fight against Iran. On Wednesday, Netanyahu said Israel’s 70 years as a modern nation mark not just 70 years of freedom and democracy, but “70 years of bettering the world.”

He gave credit for Israel’s success to the wide range of men and women—including followers of multiple religions and secular people—who have “worked hard to build our nation.”

Looking ahead, Netanyahu has high expectations. “70 years is the blink of an eye in historical terms. I have no doubt that 70 years from now, Israel will be even stronger, even more prosperous than it is today…. Happy Birthday, Israel.”

(By Joshua Spurlock,, April 18, 2018)



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