The premier's remarks at a Memorial Day ceremony on Wednesday come amid rising tensions between Israel and Iran over an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria last week that left at least four Iranian military personnel dead.
The number is tallied since 1860, when the first Jewish neighborhood was erected outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.
U.S. President Donald Trump issued effusive congratulations to Israel on the occasion of the country's 70th anniversary, saying the United States has "no better friends anywhere", and reiterating his pledge to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But the ceremony honoring Israel's founding in 1948 has already been marred by weeks of unseemly politicking and nearly farcical twists and turns, all raucously played out in the Israeli news media.
Israel has already started celebrating its independence day, which is on 14 May, one day before the Palestinian catastrophe on 15 May 1948.
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Mohamed Koffi, one of two Burkina Faso internationals in the Masry line-up, nodded the home side ahead on 59 minutes. They thus exited the competition 5-2 on aggregate after they won the first leg 2-1 in Lagos.
"We bow down to those whose blood has spilt in the homeland to heroically repel enemy attacks". On Wednesday, the president sent his best wishes to Israeli Prime Minister for the 70th anniversary of the country's independence.
Israel reveals its new population statistics each year on the same date.
Israel counts among its population approximately 300,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem, occupied and annexed by Israel, who do not hold Israeli citizenship.