Israel at 60: Surveying its Strengths and Challenges

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TEL AVIV — According to the Jewish calendar, Israel turned 60 on Thursday — but since the day begins in the evening according to the lunar calendar, the big fireworks and street parties took place Wednesday night. Many other celebrations have been going on for quite some time, with events organized by Jewish groups all over the world. And more is yet to come, including a planned May 14 visit by President Bush to mark the anniversary of the Jewish state’s establishment. Anyone who wonders why a country should celebrate its 60th anniversary so extensively probably doesn’t take into account […]

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