Usually a 70th birthday celebration is an occasion for unbridled joy. Although 70 is not what it used to be it is still a milestone achievement for an individual or a country. Yet, in keeping with our history of being a ‘stiff-necked’ people, Yom Ha’Atzmaut in Israel was just the opposite.
In previous years the national celebration on Mount Herzl was purposely apolitical with the major address offered by the Speaker of the Knesset. This year, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded to deliver the address and only a last minute compromise, in which both Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Netanyahu spoke, saved the celebration from total chaos. [Read more…]