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Paradoxes characterize life in Israel


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel_at_60/article/paradoxes_characterize_life_in_israel_20080519

To be an Israeli at the time of the state's 60th anniversary means to be resigned to living with insoluble emotional and political paradoxes. It means living with a growing fear of mortality, even as we celebrate our ability to outlive every threat. We are almost certainly the only nation that marks its Independence Day with an annual poll that invariably includes the question: "Do you believe the country will still exist 50 years from now?"

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