“This is a night we will never forget,” the Israeli Consul General in New York said at the event. “For the first time, we took Times Square and converted it to blue and white with a Star of David in the middle.”
Times Square, last night Photo Credit: Twitter screenshot via Galit Peleg
New York celebrated Israel’s 70th year of independence on Sunday evening with tens of thousands of Israel supporters in Times Square. Many of the attendees wore blue and white to show their support for the Jewish state.
“It was moving to see thousands of Israelis, tourists and locals dancing and singing Israeli music together,” Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said. “I want to thank the American leadership and people for their unwavering support for the State of Israel. Today, we’ve demonstrated once again [our] bold and strong connection with the United States.”
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Regev was joined by other Israeli politicians, including Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofa Landver and Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Israeli Consul General in New York Dani Dayan and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon were also in attendance.
Proudly marching up Fifth Ave at the #CelebrateIsrael Parade with our friends @JCRCNY @JewishAgency @KingsBayY Hebrew Educational Society @MarksJCHB @HillelIntl @ShorefrontY @CelebrateIsrael! #TogetherOnFifth pic.twitter.com/ZdaLz9xOFb
— UJA-Federation of NY (@UJAfedNY) June 3, 2018
Danon led a delegation of ambassadors to the UN at the Celebrate Israel Parade. Canada, Germany, Ukraine, Spain, Thailand, Cyprus, Nigeria, the Czech Republic and Romania are among the countries that sent representatives to the parade to march alongside Danon.
It is a great honor to lead a delegation of my fellow ambassadors to the UN as they marched in the @CelebrateIsrael parade for the first time! Israel is blessed to have such good friends all over the world! pic.twitter.com/n8gdkft2P4
— Ambassador Danon (@dannydanon) June 3, 2018
A special four-minute video that highlights Israel’s innovations and achievements over the past seven decades was played on the Times Square big screens during the event. In addition, songs of famous Israeli singers, such as Omer Adam, Eden Ben-Zaken and Eurovision 2018 winner Netta Barzilai, were played.