The chief diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, native Denverite Herb Keinon, spoke in Denver over the weekend, maintaining that the long perspective on Israel gives great room for optimism. Among his points:
First: Israel’s population upon its declaration of independence in 1948 was 600,000 Jews. Today it is 6.2 million Jews (and 1.8 million Arabs).
In 1948, Israel was outgunned and outarmed, assaulted by many Arab armies. Today Israel is the strongest military power in the region.
Second: In 2002, over 450 Israelis died from Palestinian terrorist attacks. In 2013, that number was six! Keinon attributed Israel’s defeat of Palestinian terrorism to four factors: