Happy 64th Birthday, Israel

April 24, 2012 – New York – The weekly AJC message airs on 400 CBS stations and is heard by more than 35 million. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

What's so special about a country's 64th birthday?

In the case of most nations, maybe not all that much – unless the country is Israel, which celebrates its birthday this week.

Israel has the dubious distinction of being the one country whose elimination from the world map is the aim of another country, Iran, and its terrorist allies, Hamas and Hezbollah.

Thus, Israel's sheer act of survival against relentless foes is noteworthy.

But it’s not just the survival that’s worth mentioning.

It’s Israel’s love of life.

It’s Israel’s full-throttled democracy.

And it’s Israel’s creativity and innovation.

When Israel was established – or, more precisely, reestablished – in 1948, Winston Churchill said this was “an event in world history to be viewed in the perspective not of a generation or a century, but in the perspective of a thousand, two thousand or even three thousand years.”

How right Churchill was!

Happy Birthday, Israel!

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This is David Harris of AJC.Date: 4/24/2012 12:00:00 AM