Israel celebrates 59th independence day

Israel celebrates 59th independence day

Israel celebrates the 59th anniversary of its illegal occupation of historic Palestine and the 59th anniversary of an-Nakba. Figures.

JERUSALEM: Israel celebrated its 59th independence day yesterday with a mix of malaise and festivity, with millions enjoying barbecues in backyards and parks while lamenting rising corruption and the depressing after-effects of the summer’s inconclusive war in Lebanon.

“The country is in a good state but in a bad mood,” Vice Premier Shimon Peres told The Associated Press during independence day celebrations at Jerusalem’s presidential residence, which is currently vacant because the president, Moshe Katsav, suspended himself amid charges of rape, sexual assault and fraud. US President George W Bush called Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to wish him well on independence day, Olmert’s office said in a statement. The two leaders also talked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the statement said, without providing details.

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