Nearly a million Israelis celebrate Independence Day outdoors, despite blustery weather
President Shimon Peres hosted the Israel Prize Ceremony, but it was the International Bible Contest that stole the show after judges declared an Israeli contestant and an American one co-victors.
Almost a million people celebrated Israel’s 65th Independence Day in parks, forests and heritage sites, despite unusually blustery weather. The traditional Independence Day International Bible Contest in Jerusalem drew special attention after the judges chose two joint winners instead of the usual one.
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