In a series of conflicts, with short ceasefires between, the young Israeli nation successfully fought off the hordes of invaders. On March 10, 1949 a cease fire was signed, which recognized Israeli independence, and set borders.
The road since has not been an easy one. Many struggles have faced the nation, including more wars and attempted invasions.
To this day, the country is randomly attacked by rockets from it's neighbors. Suicide bombers, are a constant threat. Regimes in other countries pledge to eradicate Israel. Even when not being fired upon, their borders are being threatened by international negotiations to form a Palestinian state.
Yet somehow, the Israeli people not only survive, but thrive. They continue to grow a culture that is one of the most appreciative of life, that the world has ever seen.
Israel marks their independence day as being the 5th of Iyar, from the Jewish calendar. Due to laws, it is often celebrated on the 4th and 6th of Iyar instead.