Independence Day - Reuters - 26/4/12
Jerusalem residents celebrating Independence Day. Photo by Reuters
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Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are out celebrating Israel’s 64th Independence Day at national parks and nature reserves around the country, while President Shimon Peres presided over an event honoring 120 outstanding IDF soldiers at the President’s residence in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Authority has requested that the UN put a stop to the recent Israeli decision to legalize three settlements in the West Bank.

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said that not only is the IDF ready for a strike on Iran, other nations militaries are prepared as well, though he did not specify which nations.

Opposition activists in Syria claim that 102 people were killed throughout the country during the last 24 hours in Syria, with 71 deaths in the city of Hama.

International credit rating firm Fitch gave Israel very positive grades for both the short and long term.

Iranian parliamentary candidates are preparing themselves for next week’s elections, while analysts say that the final shape of the new parliament will ultimately weaken Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.   

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office has refused to disclose information about a cases involving child sex abuse in within the ultra-Orthodox community, claiming that due to the tight-knit nature of the community, revealing suspect’s names will reveal the identities of victims as well.

An Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood official claimed that the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement could theoretically be altered, citing need to end demilitarization in the Sinai peninsula in order to ensure peace and security in the area.