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Israel Celebrates Its 60th Birthday

Israelis are enjoying their country's 60th birthday this week, with fireworks, flyovers, and flourishing pride. Established after the Holocaust, the thriving Jewish nation still confronts threats to its existence.

As for Israel's Arab minority, which makes up one-fifth of its population — they remain a disadvantaged group. Since Arabs and Jews have been living in separate communities for the past 60 years, the Arab minority does not share the same enthusiasm for Independence Day.

The emergence of a pro-two-state solution Jewish lobby, as well as the presidential elections, are bringing the US's tight relationship with Israel back into the spotlight. Check out Slate's take on what it means today for Americans to be "Pro-Israel." What do you think it means to be Pro-Israel?

And while you're at it, take this quiz to see how much you know about Israel's 60 year history.

Israel Celebrates Its 60th Birthday

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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Not bad. Missed three, not a good guesser
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Not bad. Missed three, not a good guesser
janneth janneth 8 years
100%. I felt pretty confident. Our closest ally.
michlny michlny 8 years
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY ISRAEL! I just came back from there and it's a BEAUTIFUL country!!!!
michlny michlny 8 years
HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY ISRAEL!I just came back from there and it's a BEAUTIFUL country!!!!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I bet I could get 100% if I had help with the answers ;)
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
If declaring a Jewish State means we get a 100% on this quiz, can we really say it's not worth it?
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Hurray, the first 100% scorer! :-)
stephley stephley 8 years
I could have gotten 100% if I could remember any math - I figured 40% was closer to half than a third. I hate numbers. I liked the Slate article - it's rare that you can read an article about the U.S. and Israel without either feeling like a warmonger or a traitor.
stephley stephley 8 years
I could have gotten 100% if I could remember any math - I figured 40% was closer to half than a third. I hate numbers.I liked the Slate article - it's rare that you can read an article about the U.S. and Israel without either feeling like a warmonger or a traitor.
zeze zeze 8 years
I have to admit, I don't really understand the US interest in Isreal, it seems like we get a lot more trouble than benefit from it not to mention tax dollars paying for this trouble. If we are banking on Israel being the democratic ally in the ME then I don't buy it, 1 - I wounldn't say they are your typical democratic state and 2 - we have better allies in the Saudies is seems and their no democracy and yet we don't mind. So I just don't really get it!
zeze zeze 8 years
I have to admit, I don't really understand the US interest in Isreal, it seems like we get a lot more trouble than benefit from it not to mention tax dollars paying for this trouble.If we are banking on Israel being the democratic ally in the ME then I don't buy it, 1 - I wounldn't say they are your typical democratic state and 2 - we have better allies in the Saudies is seems and their no democracy and yet we don't mind.So I just don't really get it!
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
60 years already. They don't look a day over 50.
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