Hebron Celebrates Independence Day with Air Force Flyover

Annual Israeli Air Force flyover passed by Hebron's ancient sites for the first time.

6.5.22, 17:13
The annual Israeli Air Force jet fly-over passed by Hebron for the first time in history during this year’s Yom Haatzmaut – Israeli Independence Day celebration.

A squadron of jets passed over the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, past the adjacent community of Kiryat Arba as the planes traversed the length of the country.

Yishai Fleisher, the international spokesperson for the Jewish community of Hebron called it “a symbol of the heart of Israeli independence. There is nothing more normal and more beautiful than those airplanes flying over the very essence and root of the Jewish peoplehood which is the tomb of the forefathers and foremothers in Hebron.”

The Yesha Council stated the “ancestral city of Hebron… is the cradle of the existence of the Jewish people. It is a just and worthy decision that emphasizes the right – and the source of our pride – as a country after 2,000 years of exile.”

Eliyahu Libman, the head of the Kiryat Arba city council told Kan news, “I would like to thank the commanders of the Air Force for accepting the requests of the people and for sending the festive flight also over the skies of Kiryat Arba and Hebron on Independence Day for the first time. This is another brick in the development of the land and the settlement of Judea and Samaria.”

The Israel Defense Force stated, “the IDF is a state body, and any attempt to assign a political statement or message to the flyover route is devoid of any basis. In previous years, the flyover passed over areas in Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, as well as other areas in the State of Israel, from Dan to Eilat. Flight routes change from time to time, with the planes scheduled to overfly localities with more than 30,000 residents in order to pass over as many of the country’s citizens as possible. This year’s flyover will pass over the southern Hebron hills, on the shortest flight path from Hatzerim base to Jerusalem.”

On the eve of Yom Haatzmaut, a music concert took place with fireworks.

Yom Hazikaron

The day before was Yom Hazikaron – Israeli Memorial Day. On the evening before, a solemn military ceremony was held outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. The next day, prayers were recited at the ancient Jewish cemetery for Hebron Israelis who lost their lives defending the country and civilians murdered in terrorist attacks.
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