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A man wearing a headress dances as Sudanese refugees living in Tel Aviv celebrate independence from the Republic of Sudan on July 10, 2011 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel recognizes the Republic of South Sudan as independent state. South Sudan became a state on July 9 after it separated from the north, with its capital in Juba, following a vote for independence. The country was recognized on July 8 by the government of Sudan.