Full Closure ahead of Memorial Day

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) placed full closure on the West Bank ahead of Memorial and Independence Day celebrations.

Responding to several specific threats and many more nonspecific warnings, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the closure from Tuesday through Thursday evening.

Major General Amos Yadlin, head of IDF military intelligence, said Palestinian terrorists would like to carry out a mega attack on Yom Ha'atzma'ut (Independence Day).

At 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, a countrywide siren will mark the beginning of Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), when the memories of soldiers killed in defense of the country and victims of Palestinian terror attacks will be honored.

Opening ceremonies will be held at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem's Old City.

Israeli President Shimon Peres, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-General Gabi Ashkenazi, and Brigadier General Miki Edelstein, commander of the Nahal Brigade will officiate.

On Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., a second siren will mark ceremonies at 43 military cemeteries and the memorial for Bedouin soldiers who lost their lives defending the country.

Some 1.5 million Israelis will attend the ceremonies, while others watch the memorial services on television.

At 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, the annual torch lighting ceremony will take place at Jerusalem's Mt. Herzl, and the nation will turn from mourning to celebrating the 60th anniversary of the rebirth of the Jewish state.

Sources: YNet news, Haaretz

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