Israel at 64

Hi everyone!

I've missed writing - so it's nice to be back with you.

So Israel turned 64 yesterday!

What lay ahead for this place in the coming year?

Well, you don't have to look too far to see that many in the media have this fateful approach that war looms on the horizon...

Some media types say a third intifada of the Palestinians is on it's way (I personally don't think that's the case), ?I see talk like that serving the scare factory...

Then of course there is Iran - a completely different situation. ?But here too the international community has taken huge calculated steps against Iran and they will take full effect before Iran could manufacter a nuclear bomb.

What I find a little awkward is this emphasis on 'war' right around this period of Rememberance Day when Israel recalls it's fallen... Why would anyone ask for more?

How about the proclamation for a bright future? ?What if peace were toated as the new years' gift to the people?

And if one were to look at one of the hallmarks of this small State it ?is it's accomplishments in medicine and science that could lead the discussion.

Some have said that the study of the human brain is the last frontier of the human body... Here in Israel there is intense study taking place on the brain and how it works.

What about in the face of drought and continued concern for water the accomplishments Israel has made in agriculture?

For me, the future is favorable in one chooses. ?Many in media express the negative and fatalistic approach.... More headlines sell that way I guess.

I'd chose to put our hope in what we can build for a better year ahead. ?And when you think of it, such advances are exponential - they keep growing, and that's good news for all.

Brian Bush Middle East Correspondent LeSEA Broadcasting

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