The modern reincarnation of the State of Israel has less than 1% of the land in the Mideast and 2% of its population. Despite being arid, it is the only country that started this century with a net gain of trees. It also is the only Mideast country whose Christian population has grown in the last 50 years, and is the only Mideast country where Christians, Muslims, and Jews all have the franchise.
A world leader in medical technology and in certain other fields, Israel has the world’s highest percentage of university graduates. Consequently, Israel has the world’s highest per capita number of scientists and science papers, doctors, and books published. Israel has developed life-saving medicines, cellular phones, the first anti-virus technology, and voice-messaging. Are you sure you want to boycott Israel?
Reconstituting the Jewish state may seem the greatest achievement — no other nation has returned to its homeland. Equally momentous are the unique revival of a dead language, Hebrew, and the resurgence of Torah study.
Israel also is the country that draws the most adverse UN resolutions. “Of the 175 U.N. Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel. Of the 690 U.N. General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel (Arutz-7, 4/20/10).
Why not have two UNs, one specializing in Israel, the other for the rest of the world? The second set might accomplish something.
The annual celebration is of the successes mentioned, including the liberation and survival of millions of Jews. But the Left still maintains a grip on Israeli society. This grip, combined with the malaise of centuries of powerlessness, insinuates guilt over self-rule, appeasement of the enemy, and hostility to self-expression by one’s own nationality and religion. The religiously observant have a sense of purpose that the secularists lack. Will Israel survive?