Israel at 70: A time for gratitude and concern

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A Palestinian who spoke at the demonstration said: " The battle for the freedom of Palestinian detainees is not just a battle with the Israeli occupation only, but it is also a struggle against the imperialist powers including the united states of America who are now pressurizing the Palestinian authority to cut funds for the Palestinian prisoners and their families". On Tuesday, Israel closed all exits from the West Bank for two days, citing security concerns.

Israel chose Wednesday evening to begin celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding on May 14, 1948.

Israel said on Wednesday it had found explosives hidden in a Palestinian truck that were due to be smuggled from the occupied West Bank and used in an attack on the Jewish state's Independence Day.

Police sappers were dispatched to defuse the bomb, the statement said.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced in December that the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, infuriating even Washington's Arab allies and dismaying Palestinians who want the eastern part of the city as their capital.

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Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman praised the guards for their alertness and for "thwarting a large terror attack on Independence Day". We will hunt down the despicable people who planned this attack.

The truck was carrying merchandise ostensibly intended for marketing in Israeli communities.

Head of the Port and Crossings Authority Erez Siddon praised the work of the security personnel at the crossing: "I am proud of the officers who acted exactly as they should have in this case and followed protocol in a successful search".

"The U.S. -Israel relationship is - and must always be - rooted in bipartisanship", Israeli American Council Chairman Adam Milstein said at the luncheon, which drew 60 lawmakers, including congressional leaders like Sen.