Between being away, and the Marathon Bombing taking over our consciousness, I missed recognizing Yom HaAtzmaut. Of course, with the bombing suspects' Al Qaeda associations, the coincidence may not have been so coincidental....
Israel is now 65 years old. It has gone from underdog to a military and economic force to be reckoned with. It has gone from an agricultural, socialist backwaters of the receding British Empire to a thriving free market economy, at the forefront of high tech, medicine, culture and human rights.
I love Israel.