TIME Correspondents William Marmon and Martin Levin last week asked several Israeli leaders to reflect on their nation's past and future. A sampling of their thoughts:
ABBA EBAN, Foreign Minister
On the situation in 1948:
"We had no time to deal with expectations. We were occupied not with wondering what the state would look like 25 years from now, but whether we would be alive 24 hours from now. The obsession with survival put aside any attempt to chart a future."
On the nation's accomplishments:
"It is not normal for a people of less than 3,000,000,...