Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 05/17/2011

MAY 15 – Two OPPOSING Holidays

Israel Independence Day

May 15, 1948 was the miraculous day that Israel attained statehood from the U.N. after 2,000 years of non-existence. (“Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children. Isaiah 66:8) Against all odds 63 years ago, this was a clear fulfillment of prophecy, as God had started re-gathering His people to their ancient homeland. This date is celebrated by Jews as Independence Day each year and it is a day of joyful celebration.

Nakba Day

However, on the same date, the Palestinians observe a day of mourning called Nakba Day during which they take part in events decrying Israel’s rebirth and inciting riots and violence against the Jews. This year they prepared for a 3rd Intifada and police intelligence claims they held several prequel events on May 13 and 14. Processions took place throughout the West Bank, and several other locations, leaving from numerous mosques after Friday’s prayers were concluded. They sent out flyers explaining that the aim of the processions was “to demand our natural right to return to our land and implement UN resolutions.”

Netanyahu: Israel must defend its borders
Jerusalem Post May 15th, 2011 (excerpts)

Israeli fireworks

In face of attempts to infiltrate Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu says he instructed IDF to act with restraint but to stop all attempts to cross Israel’s borders; “We must understand what we’re up against.” Netanyahu on Sunday responded to the events of Nakba Day, particularly attempts to infiltrate Israel’s borders with Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, saying “we are determined to defend our borders.” He stated that he had instructed the IDF to act with restraint, but to stop all attempts at infiltration and challenges to Israel’s sovereignty.

Palestinian children

The prime minister said that the Nakba Day protesters were not fighting for the 1967 borders as they claim, but were denying Israel’s right to exist. On Monday May 16 he also stated to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) “ The reason there is no peace is that the Palestinians refuse to recognize the State of Israel as the Jewish people’s nation state.” The prime minister added, “This is not a conflict about 1967, this is a conflict about 1948, about the State of Israel’s very existence. You must have noticed that yesterday’s events did not take place on June 5, the day the Six Day War erupted [in which Israel acquired Gaza and the West Bank], they took place on May 15, the day the State of Israel was established.”

“We must understand who and what we are up against,” Netanyahu said in a televised statement. Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu criticized those who commemorate Nakba Day during the weekly cabinet meeting. “The state was founded 63 years ago on the basis of the declaration of independence which promises equality of rights for all of our citizens regardless of religion, race and sex,” Netanyahu said. He added: “When one looks at the region today, Israeli Arabs are the only Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa that enjoy democratic rights, equality and civil rights.” “I regret that there are extremists among Israeli Arabs and in neighboring countries who have turned the day on which the State of Israel was established, the day on which the Israeli democracy was established, into a day of incitement, violence and rage.” “There is no place for that,” the prime minister said.

Netanyahu also addressed the reconciliation agreement between Fatah [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ party] and Hamas. “A Palestinian government half of which is comprised of those who declare their willingness to destroy the State of Israel on a daily basis is not a partner for peace. Anyone who says ‘one makes peace with one’s enemies’ must add ‘one make’s peace with an enemy who has decided to make peace.'”

He stressed that Israel is ready to make painful concessions for “parts of the homeland” if the Palestinians recognize Israel and denounce terror. Netanyahu claimed there was wide consensus over his fundamental positions, including his demand that the Palestinian refugee issue be resolved outside Israel’s borders and that a Palestinian state be established as part of a peace agreement. “I believe there is also consensus around the fact that a Palestinian state must be disarmed including Israeli military presence along the Jordan River. We also agree that our people must retain the settlement blocks. Finally I insist that Jerusalem remain the State of Israel’s capital.”



  1. We have been praising God for the eloquence, courage and boldness that the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has displayed to the world, in stating Israel’s position, right to exist, and rule their own nation. Thank God for a leader of such caliber; we wish that other leaders possessed the same fortitude and backbone, in the face of adversity. Too often, the “correct political stance” is taken in order to placate other nations with whom there is a connection of mutual benefit.

  2. For the many who have never heard the clear synopsis of Israel’s history, check out Hal Lindsey’s Report on YouTube for 9-23-2011.

    It is mind boggling how those who oppose Israel have attempted to rewrite history – and it is more mind boggling how many (individuals and countries) believe the lies being disseminated by Israel’s foes. Author and prophecy scholar Hal Lindsey does a sterling job of reminding all of the historic truths – all fact-checked with actual video of the events as he narrates his YouTube video. He has even written a new book entitled The Everlasting Hatred (published by World Net Daily and on sale at half price), that details it all and is destined to be more popular than his first best seller, Late, Great Planet Earth.
    See here:

    Once you have the details, the News won’t bother you any more. God is driving this scenario and none need fear that He will forget to defend His beloved people and His beloved bride, Israel, because it is already written and it shall come to pass.


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