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Prophecy Update……May 8, 2008 Keeping You Informed of World ...

Prophecy Update……May 8, 2008 Keeping You Informed of World ...

18,000 new immigrants

18,000 new immigrants have arrived in Israel since last Independence Day.Some 5,499,000 of the population (75.5 percent) are Jews, 1,461,000 (20.1%) are Arabsand the remaining 322,000 (4.4%) are immigrants and their offspring who are notregistered as Jews by the Interior Ministry.According to the CBS statistics, since last Independence Day, the country's population hasrisen by some 130,000, with most of this increase being attributed to natural growth.156,400 new babies have been born and some 18,000 new immigrants have arrived.When the state was established, there were only 806,000 residents, with this numberreaching its first and second million in 1949 and 1958 respectively.In 1990, Israel's population hit five million and in 1998, after the wave of immigration fromthe former Soviet Union, it numbered six million.According to the CBS forecast, the population is expected to reach 10 million by 2030.Israel at 60: So vilified, yet so deserving of praiseAs Israel celebrates 60 years of nationhood this Thursday, and looks ahead to the next 60years, the world should appreciate what the Jewish state has accomplished.Built on the ashes of the Holocaust, Israel's birth was followed by a massive attack from allsides by the surrounding Arab nations. Threatening another genocide, they managed to kill1 percent of Israel's population, but Israel survived – and even thrived.In the years since, the Jewish nation has turned deserts into gardens, swamps intoorchards, sand dunes into cities. Lacking the natural resources of its neighbors, Israel madethe best of what it had. It became a high-tech giant, specializing in life-saving medicaltechnology. Indeed, it ranks second only to the United States in NASDAQ listings.Faced with barren land, Israel has also developed agricultural technologies that maximizefood production, and exported these life-saving and life-enhancing technologies to the restof the world.This young nation has also produced more art, literature, music, academic articles, andbooks than most countries triple its size. As Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in an otherwise criticalarticle in The Atlantic:"Israel is, by almost any measure, an astonishing success. It has a large, sophisticated, andgrowing economy ... the finest universities and medical centers in the Middle East; and amain city, Tel Aviv, that is a center of art, fashion, cuisine, and high culture spread along abeautiful Mediterranean beach. Israel has shown itself, with notable exceptions, to be adeptat self-defense, and capable (albeit imperfectly) of protecting civil liberties during

wartime.... Zionism may actually be the most successful national liberation movement ofthe 20th century."Israel's Arab citizens, numbering 1.2 million, live longer, healthier lives, and have lowerinfant mortality, better educational opportunities, and more basic liberties than the Arabpopulation of neighboring states.Even in its efforts to defend itself from aggression – it was attacked by Arab states in 1948,1967, and 1973 – Israel has exemplified restraint and high ethical standards.Although Tel Aviv was bombed by the Egyptian Air Force in 1948, Jerusalem was rocketedby Jordan in 1967, and several Israeli cities were threatened by Syria in 1967, Israel neverbombed Cairo, Amman, or Damascus.In its efforts to protect against terrorists, it has also complied with a high standard ofhuman rights, even while its enemies have targeted Israeli civilians while deliberately hidingbehind human shields in densely populated civilian areas.When I speak at university campuses, I issue the following challenge: Name a country,faced with comparable threats to its own citizens, that has ever tried harder to comply withthe rule of law or human rights than Israel.No one has ever named such a country, nor could they. Certainly not the United States,which repeatedly bombed enemy cities (Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Dresden, Tokyo, Cologne).Certainly not Britain, which in addition to bombing cities fought one of the dirtiest colonialwars in Kenya. Certainly not France, which also fought a brutal colonial war in Algeria. NotRussia. Not China.This is not to say that Israel's actions have always been commendable. They have not.Israel deserves perhaps a grade of B-minus, but in a world where 'C,' 'D,' and 'F' iscommon, that's pretty good.Yet, despite this remarkable history of achievement, not only for its own people, but for theworld in general, Israel remains a pariah nation.It is reviled by the United Nations, which helped create it, and by a large number of theworld's countries and people. It has been condemned by the General Assembly more thanall the other nations of the world combined – a world that includes such tyrannies as NorthKorea, Iran, Cuba, China, Syria, Libya, Belarus, and Saudi Arabia. It has been subject tocalls for academic boycotts, despite having one of the highest levels of academic freedom inthe world. It has been threatened with divestment, though it exports more life-savingtechnology per capita than any nation on earth.What explains this vast disparity between Israel's accomplishments and the near-universalcondemnation it has received? When one of the world's best nations is condemned as the

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