Just as note, the only democracy in the Middle East turns 56 today. 56 years ago a group of Israeli soldiers defeated the forces of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq to secure the future of the state of Israel. Despite many subsequent efforts to destroy the state of Israel it remains as the single truly democratic state in the region, and a leader in biomedical, technological, and military research. From virtually nothing, the Israeli people have created a country that has not only weathered war, but has provided more rights to its Arab citizens than the Arab countries that surround it. Here’s to a hope for a peaceful future and a free Israel. Am Yisrael Chai!