Israelis celebrate nation's 70th anniversary

Israelis celebrate nation's 70th anniversary

The explosive device was meant to mar celebrations of Israel's 70th anniversary, which start Wednesday evening, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said, without specifying a location or time for a potential detonation.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued effusive congratulations to Israel on the occasion of the country's 70th anniversary, saying the United States has "no better friends anywhere", and reiterating his pledge to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump overturned decades of US policy a year ago by announcing the USA would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. During the ceremony Netanyahu spoke of the need for Israeli's to make sacrifices to ensure a secure future.

He called on the United Nations as well as other world bodies and human rights institutions to refer to the violations committed by the Israelis against Palestinian prisoners as "war crimes and crimes against humanity that require the pursue of their perpetrators for urgent worldwide trial".

"The Israeli defense establishment understands that the (Iranian) Revolutionary Guard is most likely to be the designated unit that will try to wage an attack against Israel", an Israeli security source said this week, declining to comment further.

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The annual March of Return in Israel is also seen as having influenced the ongoing "Great March of Return" in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Until Israel stops violating our fundamental human rights, we call on people of conscience and communities around the world to support our efforts to stop Israeli crimes by building and escalating peaceful BDS campaigns.

Israeli navy ships sail along the shores of Israel as part of celebration of Israel's 70th Independence Day celebrations, on April 19, 2018.

"It is unthinkable that the owners of the land remain displaced in refugee camps and in the diaspora, while those who have no rights to it have settled in their place". Inspectors found a "powerful explosive device" in the roof amid the cargo of goods destined for settlers along the border.

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