Israel's New Normalcy

Israel was just about the safest place in the Middle East last week. There was a car bombing in Damascus. Jordan was still shaky from the news that an al-Qaeda cell had been caught planning a chemical attack in Amman. Saudi Arabia faced a wave of terrorist shoot-outs and bombings, and you already know about Iraq. In Israel, however, tens of thousands gathered confidently in public places for Independence Day celebrations. The cafes, nightclubs and restaurants were busy. There was even a surge of non-Jewish tourists basketball fans attending the Euroleague championship in Tel Aviv.

As of May 1, there...

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