On a Friday afternoon sixty years ago, David Ben Gurion stood up before a small crowd and a radio microphone and read a document which said in part:
It is the natural right of the Jewish people to lead, as do all other nations, an independent existence in its sovereign State. ACCORDINGLY WE, the members of the National Council representing the Jewish people in Palestine and the World Zionist Movement, are met together in solemn assembly today, the day of termination of the British Mandate for Palestine; and by virtue of the natural and historic right of the Jewish People and of the Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations. WE HEREBY PROCLAIM the establishment of the Jewish State in Palestine, to be call Medinath Yisrael (The State of Israel).
With that, what was a dream for over two thousand years was now a reality. God had had lead us back to the promised land.
David Ben Gurion’s address lasted less than two minutes But his words were full of peace and hope. He promised us that the two millennium of wandering was over, a State where Jews all across the world would be able to call home.
Israel’s 60th birthday is much bigger than this one blogger, so rather than celebrating this Gala day with some verbose prose of my own, I present some of the best Happy Birthday Israel writing from across the blogisphere. I present them to you without any commentary of my own, simply categorized;Israel in My Heart, Israeli History, Israel’s Accomplishments, and Israel’s Challenges.
Welcome to the Celebrating Israel Blog Carnival:
Israel in My Heart
- Who’d Have Thought It? Presented at Daled Amos
- We live in loving memories posted at 60 Bloggers
- · We Remember at Shilo Musings
- · With love and hope at Boker Tov Boulder
- Chag Sameach! Happy 60! at me-ander
- Machon Shilo – Yom Ha’Atzma‘uth Halachic Sources (Halachic sourcs for Yom HaAtzma’uth observances, Hallel, Al HaNissim, and when to do what when it coincides with Shabbath.) posted at Machon Shilo
- Shiloh Celebrates Sixty! at Shiloh Musings
- Celebrating Israel’s 60th with Videos, Websites, Blogs, Birthday Cards, Conferences, Snacks, and more posted at israelplug.
- The Rebbetzin’s Husband: The Day of Small Things? posted at Rechovot: A Place to Expand
- Israel: A Place of Family and Familiar Strangers posted at Tzipiyah.com
- This Week/Next Week posted at MY URBAN KVETCH
- Yom HaZikaron 5768 posted at Not Quite Perfect
- Proud to be a Zionist (5768 edition) posted at Elder of Zion
- INDOMITABLE ISRAEL AT 60 at Atlas Shrugs
- TRUMAN’S WAR WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OVER ISRAEL posted at YID With LID.
- Which Came First – Terrorism or “Occupation”? posted at treppenwitz.
- The Volokh Conspiracy – – posted at The Volokh Conspiracy
- Documents Show Britain Was in Arab’s Side in 1947-8 posted at YID With LID
- Key Periods in Israeli History posted at Backspin.
- We Were Born in Jerusalem … and Exiled by Titus at Boker Tov Boulder
- Tsvat-Where Israel Used the “A-Bomb” in 1948 posted at YID With LID.
- 3 spies and six days posted at Soccer Dad.
- When the US and Israel REALLY became Allies-January 1968 posted at YID With LID
- Pride! posted at Tzipiyah.com
- WITHOUT ISRAEL, THE WORLD WOULD BE SO MUCH POORER posted at YID With LID.
- 4 More Reasons to LOVE Israel posted at Tzipiyah.com
- REALITY VS PERCEPTION: The State of Israel Turns 60 posted at Dr. Sanity.
- Israel celebrates 60 year birthday, it’s a miracle. posted at Right Truth.
- Israel celebrates 60… but remember Zecharyah’s message posted at Rechovot: A Place to Expand.
- What Happened to the Middle East’s Jews ?-At the Gloria Center
- Daled Amos: Israel Meme Roundup posted at Daled Amos,
- Jewish Refugees Still Hold Deeds to Former Homes in Arab Lands posted at YID With LID.
- Daniel Pipes pipe dream of a total attitude for total victory. from Colonel Robert Neville always dresses for dinner
- Never again, and again, and again posted at Samson BLinded.
- UN Resolution 242 For Dummies posted at YID With LID.
- Yom Ha’atzmaut is political at Biur Chametz