"The survey found that 80% of the Jews polled defined their personal status as "very good" or "good," 90% said they think Israel is doing "very well" as a nation; and 81% said they were "very optimistic" or "optimistic" as to the nation's future.
Some 81% also said that given their choice of countries to live in, they would prefer to stay in Israel. "
(Last year's fireworks over Jerusalem)
...Independence Day is an opportunity; an opportunity to admit that something beautiful is being done here. That something touching has been built here. That we only become better with the passage of time. We have an ultra-Orthodox deputy health minister, a religious science minister, and a secular Knesset speaker, who holds his first tour in an Arab town.
We have camaraderie here and people help each other during times of crisis, we have a special culture and diversity of opinion, and we have quite a bit of love and spirituality around here, hiding behind the veneer of our hurried routine.
We have plenty of time during the year to look into what is still missing. Independence Day is the opportunity to admit that we already achieved most of it.
Next Year in Jerusalem!
(With Gilad Shalit and Jonathan Pollard)
PS: My good friend Benji writes about the 61 things he loves about Israel. Worth a read and a chuckle :-)
PPS: For an interesting rendition of Al HaNisim, see here. (fixed link)
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד