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Israel's halfhearted independence celebration

Israel is losing its modest and secular character in favor of a more religious and material society.
An ultra Orthodox Jewish man dances with a flag during celebrations for Israel's 63nd Independence Day celebrations in Tel Aviv May 10, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (ISRAEL - Tags: ANNIVERSARY MILITARY) - RTR2M7S6
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On May 6, Israel celebrated its 66th Independence Day. It has a turbulent region surrounding it; almost the entire Middle East is ablaze. The enemies of the Jewish state are disbanding, slaughtering each other. Either they are preoccupied with their own domestic problems or they are simply worn out. From a security standpoint, never before has Israel's situation been better off. Its military, economic, technological and scientific supremacy shines out today more than ever before. On the face of it, this should have been a relaxing, happy independence day, expressing a sense of total fulfillment and perfect victory of the Zionist dream. But for some reason, reality does not seem to coincide with this premise.

The kids who usually can be seen at almost every intersection selling Israeli flags that get mounted on car windows were left almost without any work this year. Some parts of the waning independent media debated as to why fewer and fewer people identify with the state's values and objectives.

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