Efforts have been made to persuade the dead man's family to accept compensation instead.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pushing forward a bill introduced by Benny Gantz, who now says he opposes it.

"Our improbable story in Israel is of bold and obstinate hope. A story of rising from the depths, again and again, to build and rebuild the world in the image of our dreams."

Yom Ha’atzmaut will be observed with muted festivities throughout the country on Monday evening and during the day on Tuesday.

Since the last Yom Hazikaron, 1,600 Israeli soldiers and civilians have been slain.

"Seizing the Rafah Crossing is a very significant step towards destroying the remaining military capabilities of Hamas," said the premier.