Stocktaking on 25th Anniversary
Satisfaction and Disappointments in Statehood
Anniversaries are a time of stocktaking, for nations no less than for persons. So it is to be expected that the state of Israel. 25 years old on May 7,1will take time after the parades, the self-congratulatory toasts and other anniversary celebrations to reflect on its condition. A basic question might be: How well does Israeli society, a quarter-century after the birth of the state and a century since the first Jewish settlers arrived to create a new Zion in the desert, live up to the dreams of its founders?
The question is of more than parochial interest. Like the United States in its early years as a republic, Israel fascinates many foreigners as something new in the ...