Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was featured in a video message Tuesday night at the Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador’s home in Herzilya saying he “appreciate(s) deeply all that America has done for Israel.” Netanyahu expressed hope at the power of freedom’s ability to prevail, despite a skeptical society and difficulty at achieving true democracy.  Israeli President Shimon Peres attended the event in person, and confirmed the friendship between the nations, calling America “Israel’s greatest ally and closest friend.”