Question 1 Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, is always immediately preceded by which holiday?
Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day for the Fallen Israeli Soldiers, immediately precedes Israel Independence Day. The linking of the two days is clear: Israelis owe their independence to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for it.
Question 2 Israel Independence Day begins a few minutes after sundown with a ceremony at which of the following locations:
Mount Herzl is the location of Israel’s military cemetery and the final resting place for Theodor Herzl, an Austrian Jew who led the Zionist movement from its formal inception in 1897 until his death in 1904.
Mount of Olives
Question 3 In the early days of the Zionist movement, which African nation offered the Jews a place to live?
In 1903, the Zionist movement was deeply divided over whether to accept an offer from Uganda as a temporary Jewish haven, particularly in light of pogroms in Russia.
Question 4 The Balfour Declaration was the first internationally recognized document legitimizing the Jewish claim to their home land.
In 1917, Britain, which had just received control of Palestine from the Turks, issued the Balfour Declaration stating "His Majesty’s Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."
Question 5 After David Ben-Gurion declared the creation of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, the leaders of which two nations immediately recognized Israel as a sovereign state?
Minutes after Israel was declared a nation, U.S. President Harry S. Truman and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin recognized the Jewish state.
The United States and Soviet Union
The United States and the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom and France
The United States and France
Question 6 When did Israel’s Arab neighbors declare war on the Jewish State?
After Israel was declared an independent state, the neighboring Arab countries – Egypt, TransJordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq – immediately rejected the state and declared war.
Two days after Israel declared her independence
Two weeks after Israel declared her independence
Immediately after Israel declared her independence
Six months after Israel declared her independence.
Question 7 During the War of Independence, Israeli forces were outnumbered
The Jewish population of 600,000 was outnumbered 20 to one.
10 to one
20 to one
50 to one
100 to one
Question 8 In celebration of Israel Independence Day, some observant Jews sing or recite the following:
While most Israelis do not consider Israel Independence Day a religious holiday, The Chief Rabbinate of the State decided this day should be marked with a recitation of Hallel (Psalms of Praise), similar to other joyous Jewish holidays.