63 years of Jewish Independence
and going strong ...
Happy Birthday Israel!
"On the eve of its 63rd Independence Day, the state’s population has surpassed 7.7 million, a growth of 2 percent since this time last year, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.
The figures, published on Sunday, show an increase of 155,000 citizens.
Jews makes up some 75.3% of the population, or 5,837,000 people, while the Arab population has reached 1,587,000 (20.5%).
Non-Arabs and non-Jews make up 4.2% of citizens, or 322,000 people.
Since Independence Day last year, 178,000 babies were born, while some 43,000 people died. Close to 24,500 immigrants arrived, of those 6,500 were ex-pat Israelis returning home."
HaReut ( The Friendship) ... this friendship, we carried you wordlessly, grey, stubborn, and silent, from the nights of horror, you remain great and fierce ...
" Veulahy" (Maybe) ...and maybe these things never happened ... were you real, or was it just a dream?
"Ma omrot eynaich" (What is it your eyes are telling me?) ... who is dreaming of you in a distant and orphaned military post?
Hayu leylot ( nights)
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)