Yom Ha'atzmaut is the national day of Israel, commemorating the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. It is celebrated either on the 5th of Iyar, according to the Hebrew calendar, or on one of the preceding or following days, depending on which day of the week this date falls on.
Yom Hazikaron, the Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day is followed by Yom Ha'atzmaut.
American politician from Illinois Robin Kelly shared on Facebook:
'Today, I join millions of Israelis as well as Jews and people of all faiths around the world in celebrating Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.
On May 14, 1948 (corresponding to 5 Iyar 5708), Israel fulfilled a dream of the Jewish people of a homeland after 2,000 years in exile. For nearly seven decades, our two nations have shared a bond of close friendship. Through years of war Israel has stood strong as a true ally and strong advocate in the Middle East for our nations’ shared values: justice, democracy, and peace.
Israel shows the world that a nation can have both a cutting edge military and secure borders as well as personal and religious freedom; it shows that the right to self-defense and a commitment to humanitarianism are not mutually exclusive. Israel’s ability to foster some of world’s greatest soldiers and scientists and some of the most talented musicians and artists is a model for all.
As a member of Congress, the only member from Illinois on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I have been proud to visit Israel and work to strengthen the steadfast bond between our two nations. As we celebrate, let us reaffirm our commitment towards an even more secure Israel, and a truly just and lasting peace among Israel, its neighbors, and all nations.'
Yom Ha'atzmaut is founded on the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel by the Jewish leadership headed by future Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion on 14 May 1948.
Gregorian dates for Yom Ha'atzmaut:
16 April 2013 (Tuesday, postponed one day to Iyar 6)
6 May 2014 (Tuesday, postponed one day to Iyar 6)
23 April 2015 (Thursday, advanced one day to Iyar 4)
12 May 2016 (Thursday, advanced one day to Iyar 4)
2 May 2017 (Tuesday, postponed one day to Iyar 6)