Yom Ha’atzmaut in pictures: Israelis celebrate state’s 71st birthday!
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Yom Ha’atzmaut in pictures: Israelis celebrate state’s 71st birthday!

Whether watching a spectacular military airshow or having a independence day barbecue, Israelis celebrated another year for the Jewish state

  • People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
    People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019.  Photo by: JINIPIX
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Israelis play with baloons during the celebrations of the 71st Independence Day in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
    Israelis play with baloons during the celebrations of the 71st Independence Day in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Israelis barbecue during the celebrations of the 71st Independence Day in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
    Israelis barbecue during the celebrations of the 71st Independence Day in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
    People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Children in an exhibit of Israeli military weapons during the celebration of the 71st Independence Day near the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
    Children in an exhibit of Israeli military weapons during the celebration of the 71st Independence Day near the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Children in an exhibit of Israeli military weapons during the celebration of the 71st Independence Day near the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
    Children in an exhibit of Israeli military weapons during the celebration of the 71st Independence Day near the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Israeli families at the Israel Air Force show at the Ramat David base in northern Israel at the 71st Independence Day celebration near Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo: JINIPIX
    Israeli families at the Israel Air Force show at the Ramat David base in northern Israel at the 71st Independence Day celebration near Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo: JINIPIX
  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019.  Photo by: JINIPIX
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019.  Photo by: JINIPIX
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Israeli soldiers stand during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019.  Photo by: JINIPIX
    Israeli soldiers stand during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019.  Photo by: JINIPIX
    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel's 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
    People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • Israeli families at the Israel Air Force show at the Ramat David base in northern Israel at the 71st Independence Day celebration near Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo: JINIPIX
    Israeli families at the Israel Air Force show at the Ramat David base in northern Israel at the 71st Independence Day celebration near Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo: JINIPIX
  • Israeli families at the Israel Air Force show at the Ramat David base in northern Israel at the 71st Independence Day celebration near Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo: JINIPIX
    Israeli families at the Israel Air Force show at the Ramat David base in northern Israel at the 71st Independence Day celebration near Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo: JINIPIX
  • People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
    People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
    People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
  • People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
    People watch the military airshow on Israel's 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX

All across Israel, people got out on to the streets and headed down to the beach, lighting up barbecues and partying into the night to celebrate the country’s 71st birthday!

After the country came to a standstill to remember the fallen soldiers and victims of terror  on Yom Hazikaron, Independence Day celebrations began at nightfall.

As well as hosting what has become ‘traditional’ barbecues across the country,  Israelis visited army bases to celebrate military victories and watched spectacular air shows from the Air Force.

An event was also held for outstanding soldiers attended by senior political figures including Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin and prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

People watch the military airshow on Israel’s 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
People watch the military airshow on Israel’s 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel’s 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President’s residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin speaks during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel’s 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President’s residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
People watch the military airshow on Israel’s 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
People watch the military airshow on Israel’s 71st Independence Day in Tel Aviv on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
Israeli families at the Israel Air Force show at the Ramat David base in northern Israel at the 71st Independence Day celebration near Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo: JINIPIX
Children in an exhibit of Israeli military weapons during the celebration of the 71st Independence Day near the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
Israelis play with baloons during the celebrations of the 71st Independence Day in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
Children in an exhibit of Israeli military weapons during the celebration of the 71st Independence Day near the northern city of Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX
Israeli families at the Israel Air Force show at the Ramat David base in northern Israel at the 71st Independence Day celebration near Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo: JINIPIX
Israeli families at the Israel Air Force show at the Ramat David base in northern Israel at the 71st Independence Day celebration near Kiryat Shmona, May 9, 2019. Photo: JINIPIX
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during an event for outstanding soldiers as part of Israel’s 71st Independence Day celebrations, at the President’s residence in Jerusalem on May 9, 2019. Photo by: JINIPIX

 

 

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