Happy 68th birthday Israel!
As Israel today celebrates its 68th Independence Day, I cannot help but think of its miraculous transformation from a third world desert on the brink of destruction to a diverse, modern, and prosperous high-tech society.
Israel has the greatest number of startups per capita in the world, and is second only to China in the number of foreign companies listed on NASDAQ.
The Israeli society is the true face of diversity in a region where little diversity exists. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population has increased over the past 50 years. 80% of Israeli Arabs do not want to live in any other country and Israel’s LGBT community is the 7th happiest in the world. Today there are more women who serve in Israel’s Parliament than in more than half of the Parliaments in Europe.
Besides overcoming unprecedented internal and external challenges, Israel has shown a longtime eagerness to help other countries by providing technological know-how and disaster relief.
If people would challenge themselves to look beyond the biased media and immoral politicians they would discover Israel for what she really is: a beacon of hope demonstrating that freedom and democracy cannot only survive but flourish in the most hostile environments.
Am Yisrael Chai!