Israel at 75 Is Threatened But Strong

From a Wall Street Journal column by Walter Russell Mead headlined “Israel at 75 Is Threatened But Strong”:

It’s been 75 years since the Jewish community in British Palestine rejected a last-minute plea from the Truman administration and declared independence as the last British forces left the embattled land. It wasn’t the most auspicious moment. One day earlier, the strategically located Gush Etzion bloc of Jewish agricultural settlements fell to Arab assailants following a bitter siege.