Saturday, May 03, 2008

Happy 60th

This Thursday night, Israel will celebrate her 60th year as an independent country. So, in honor of this tremendous feat, which has come with many highs and lows, I offer a short picture journey through some of the highs:

David Ben Gurion reads the Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948

Israeli soldiers hang the flag at Eilat

850,000 Jewish Refugees arrive in Israel after expulsion from the Arab World

Sallah Shabati, with a starring role from Chaim Topol, is nominated for an Oscar and wins a Golden Globe award

Jerusalem is reunited

Israel's famous lyricist, Neomi Shemer

Israel survives the devastating Yom Kippur War

Yitzchak Rabin, Israel's first Israeli born Prime Minister, strolls with Gerald Ford

The Miraculous Entebbe Raid

Tal Brody and Macabbi Tel Aviv with the 1977 European Cup Championship

Izhar Cohen and the Alphabet win the 1978 Eurovision with Abanibi

Begin & Sadat talk peace

Bye Bye Osirak

Ethiopian Jewry arrives home

Russian Jewry begins their return to Israel in 1989

Reuven Atar stuns France in the 92nd minute with the winner in a 3-2 classic. Click here for 10 minutes of highlights

Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut

Gal Fridman wins Gold in Athens Olympics (2004) becoming 1st Israeli to do so

There are obviously some major events I've left out but please leave a comment if you want me to add a specific picture ... Here's to the next 60 ...

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