"In its 58 years, Israel has turned itself into an undisputed regional military and economic superpower. But as it celebrates its birthday this week, it faces some of the same problems it did at its inception: a lack of universal recognition, ongoing terrorism and the threat of physical destruction.
There’s no comparison between the Israel of today and the tiny, struggling Jewish community at the state’s founding in 1948, but six wars and two intifadas later, the Jewish state still has not achieved the normalcy its founding fathers envisaged.".
Israel is celebrating it's 58th birthday. However, as the above opening paragraphs of an article on JTA says, the issues confronting the country are much the same as when it was established back in 1948. Read the complete article here - and reflect on what it is that attracts so much attention to such a small country with a mere 6 million inhabitants.