While some sections of the British media maintain their pathological and not-so-latent anti-Semitism, or are of the considered opinion that Israel ‘stinks of shit’, this is a time for celebration, for the State of Israel was founded 60 years ago in May 1948. The declaration precipitated an immediate war, and Israel has been surrounded and beseiged ever since by enemies pledged to her annihilation.
It was the realisation of 5000 years of yearning for the Jewish people, but that was not the end of the story. Israel's first 60 years have been filled with hope, achievement, miracles, trauma, tragedy and joy. And today one must counter the incessant adverse publicity and negative portrayal in the media.
Anglican Friends of Israel have produced an excellent commemorative booklet, which Cranmer is delighted to share with his readers and communicants. . .
Read it all.