The 70th anniversary planning committee confirmed Sunday that plans have begun to host a reception for Israel’s 70th Independence Day in Times Square. Critics have lashed out against the plans, calling them a “waste” of money.


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Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev is considering throwing a massive celebration in honor of Israel’s 70th Independence Day in New York, Hadashot news reported on Sunday. According to the plan, diplomats, international delegations and others will be invited to a reception at a luxury Times Square hotel. Furthermore, the option of screening a short film in Times Square is being reviewed.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the plan’s cost is estimated to be between three to five million dollars. “While the entire office fights for the smallest budget allowances, Regev plans to waste money on a gala evening that doesn’t have a clear national benefit,” said one official.

The 70th anniversary planning committee confirmed that plans are underway. However, the committee emphasized that nothing has been booked and that the plans would not be implemented if they cost too much.

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected all criticism against the plan, saying: “This is an important national project, led by Minister Regev and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The projected cost has not yet been confirmed.”