I have enormous admiration for Israel - for its resolve, resilience, courage, and ingenuity.
What it has achieved in the past 65 years is breathtaking: the
rebirth of a state with a rock-solid democratic foundation; the
ingathering of millions of refugees and immigrants from just about every
corner of the world; the creation of a world-class economy; the
building of a first-rate army; and a determination to overcome one
seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another.
Other nations might have succumbed, after 65 years of uninterrupted
hostility, to enemies trying everything under the sun to destroy them,
and short of that, to demoralize and isolate them. But Israel has not
flinched. It refuses to cave. It keeps confounding its foes.
Its commitment to a two-state accord with the Palestinians, polls
repeatedly reveal, remains unshakeable, even as many Israelis can't help
but wonder if the Palestinians, given one chance after another for
sovereignty, truly share Israel's aim of Jewish and Palestinian states
living side by side in peace and harmony.
Moreover, in global surveys Israel comes out among the "happiest"
countries in the world; Tel Aviv ranks as one of the top "go-to"
destinations for young people; and Israelis' life expectancy exceeds
that of Americans'.
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