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Israel's moment of pride and peril

On the eve of its 70th anniversary, Israel is torn by forces within and without

JERUSALEM • When Israel declared its independence in 1948, President Harry Truman rushed to recognise it. He took just 11 minutes, and the Israelis, about to go to war to defend their infant state, were euphoric.

Seventy years to the day - and nearly as long since Israel declared the holy city of Jerusalem its "eternal capital" - the United States opened its embassy on a hilltop here 3.2km south of the Western Wall.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2018, with the headline 'Israel's moment of pride and peril'. Print Edition | Subscribe