Israelis celebrate nation's 70th anniversary

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On Thursday, many Israelis will head outdoors to celebrate with barbecues in parks and other public sites to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced in December that the United States recognised 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.

"And to our enemies who think that we are a passing phenomenon, I have news for you: In 70 years from now you fill find here a country seven times stronger than what we have done so far". During the ceremony Netanyahu spoke of the need for Israeli's to make sacrifices to ensure a secure future.

An Israeli man said his father fought there during the war.

An Israeli town of the same name now stands there.

The Gaza protests have been violently targeted by Israeli forces, who have killed 33 and injured at least 4,279 Palestinians as of 18 April, according to the Gaza ministry of health.

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Palestinian and Arab Israeli protesters wave Palestinian flags during the protest.

Israelis and Palestinians have held peace negotiations intermittently with the U.S. serving as a mediator.

"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".

Today, as Israel celebrates what it calls its Independence Day, indigenous Palestinians who survived the ethnic cleansing of 1947-49 and have been forced to live as second-class citizens of Israel or under its military rule, including in East Jerusalem, will hold marches and vigils to mark what they consider to be the Palestinian "Nakba" or "Catastrophe".

They are likely to escalate around May 14, when the United States is expected to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Inspectors found a "powerful explosive device" in the roof amid the cargo of goods destined for settlers along the border.

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