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Published on Apr 26, 2012
On Yom HaAtzma'ut 2012/5772, the Jewish Agency partnered with the Office of the President of Israel to broadcast the festive celebrations live from the President's Residence in Jerusalem. President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Barak, and IDF Chief of Staff Gantz all participated in the event, which also included the presentation of citations to outstanding IDF soldiers. Among the 120 soldiers honored at the event were numerous olim (immigrants), including from South Africa, Mexico, the United States, Belgium, Ukraine, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Singapore, and Germany. The celebration concluded with the singing of "HaTikvah" ("The Hope"), Israel's national anthem.