Having just come off the week of Yom Hashoah, when we consciously called to mind memories of the very worst behavior that humanity has ever countenanced, I– like most of us, I’m sure– thought it was safe to “shift emotional gears” and anticipate the joy of celebrating Israel’s independence. But now, of course, I know I was wrong…
Today, Israel’s 65th Independence Day, it is appropriate that we stop and take pride in the many strengths of this young nation, and what its existence and growth has meant for Jewish people not only in Israel but around the world. 2013 offers much for LGBT people to take pride in compared with 1948.
Israeli President Shimon Peres offered a warning to Israel's enemies on the occasion of Israeli Independence Day.
"To those who are now threatening Israel I say, don't repeat the mistakes of your predecessors," Peres said Thursday in a speech at an annual ceremony bestowing honors on 120 soldiers for Yom Ha'atzmaut. "You threaten out of a hunger for conquest. We defend out of an aspiration for peace. The wars, which Israel did not initiate, brought it unexpected gains, causing the aggressors unexpected losses."
As the State of Israel marked its 64th anniversary of statehood this week, with its population approaching 8 million, it has never seemed as powerful — or as vulnerable.
The Jewish state is a vibrant, messy democracy. It is the spiritual center of the Jewish people, having fulfilled one of Zionism’s key missions in providing a haven for persecuted Jews from around the world despite being in a state of war with Arab neighbors since the day it was founded.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In an elegant limestone building in a Jerusalem neighborhood that before 1948 was home to the city’s Palestinian elite, a group of Jewish and Arab Israeli academics recently tried to untangle one of Israel’s most complex and charged questions: the status of its Arab minority.