World View

May 14, 2008

Perspectives from the Israeli and Arab media on Israel's 60th anniversary:

"Have we gone mad? Has something gone wrong with our collective mind? The state of Israel is about to mark 60 years of independence in an atmosphere of bitterness, depression and public reluctance 'to waste the money on celebrations.' The state of Israel, whose existence, growth and prosperity are perceived by so many in the world as one of the most impressive and influential successes of modern times, is sinking in melancholy as if it were a total failure. ... There is a reason to rejoice. With all its shortcomings, with all its troubles, with all its doubts, with all its burdens, with all its sins, with all its deep sorrows, Israel of 2008 is one of the most successful countries on the face of the Earth."

- Sever Plocker , writing in Yedioth Ahronoth

"U.S. President George Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are all billed to attend Israel's ostentatious 60th birthday celebrations. While world leaders sit back and watch folk dancing, the dispossessed will be commemorating their genocide, humiliation and pure unadulterated misery. Words that once upon a time used to be synonymous with being Jewish now constitute the very essence of being Palestinian."

- Lubna Hussain, writing in the Arab News

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