At 70, Israel's population is 8.842 million, 43% of world Jewry

Casey Dawson
April 20, 2018

Seventy years, in Jewish tradition, represents a lifetime.

Our sages tell us that 70 is the age of wisdom, but in the life of a nation, 70 is still infancy.

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In 1948 there were just 806,000 people in Israel, less than a tenth of the current number. And Iran seems intent on staking its claim on Syrian land from which to more directly confront Israel - a situation that Israel rightly insists it can not and will not abide.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retweeted Trump's message and replied: "Thank you, President Trump!" This risky shift has included attacking the media as "fake news", labeling human rights leaders as "traitors", launching investigations of organizations that dare to oppose government policy, and funding extremist groups that incite against both Palestinians and Israeli human rights leaders. At the time, Jordanian snipers stood on the top of the Old City walls and tried to shoot any Israeli who was in West Jerusalem down below. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets to demand that the government not deport African asylum seekers.

The news comes as the Israelis are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state on Wednesday.

"If we don't have bipartisan support for Israel, if Israel becomes the domain of one party or another, Israel will lose", Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday at a luncheon at the Library of Congress organized by the Israeli American Council. But it also threatens to lead toward the fulfillment of that negative prophecy, that a lifetime may only last 70 years. And when prominent, solidly pro-Israel leaders like Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, and Sen.

The global community blames Israel for the deadlock of the peace process with the Palestinians due to its settlement expansion policy on occupied Palestinian territories.

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