Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars
and Israel Independence Day

20-21 April 1999
4-5 Iyar 5759

 Israel Independence Day 1999
 Israel Independence Day 1999
 Israel Independence Day 1999

Israel Independence Day is celebrated annually, according to the Hebrew calendar, on 5 Iyar, the anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel. The day preceding this celebration is devoted to the memory of those who gave their lives for the achievement of the country’s independence and its continued existence.

  • Chief of Staff Order of the Day – Remembrance Day

Number of soldiers and security personnel who have fallen since the War of Independence 18,939
Total number fallen (including the pre-State period)
This number includes disabled IDF veterans who later died from their wounds and non-IDF personnel who fell in the line of duty.
Number of disabled soldiers 79,239


 Israel Independence Day 1999
 Israel Independence Day 1999

  • Message from President Ezer Weizman to the Jewish Communities Abroad
  • Message from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Jewish Communities in the Diaspora
  • Message from Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon to the Jewish Communities in the Diaspora

Related Documents

  • Izkor – Memorial to Israel’s Fallen (in Hebrew)
  • The ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly…
  • Remembrance Day/Independence Day – Selected Readings
  • The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel
  • Fascimile of the Declaration of Independence (Hebrew)
  • Israel at 51 – A Statistical Glimpse
  • FACTS ABOUT ISRAEL: History – Independence