Happy Birthday to the State of Israel

Israel is a country so tiny that there is no room
to write its name on the world map.
It is the only country in the world which is
financed by its taxpayers abroad.
It is a country which all the time eats up its
inhabitants, and yet does not grow fat.
It is a country of boundless boundaries.
It is a country where mothers learn the mother
tongue from their sons.
It is a country where the fathers ate sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are excellent.
It is a country where one writes Hebrew, reads
English, and speaks Yiddish.
It is a country where everybody has the right to
speak his mind, but there is no law forcing any-
body to listen.
It is the most enlightened country in the region,
thanks to the Arabs.
It is a country where all the capital is concen-
trated in Jewish hands — and there is much
grumbling because of this.
It is a country where one can buy anything in
the world for his money — except an apartment,
which is very expensive.
It is a country where any babe in arms may con-
tradict his papa’s political views.
It is a country of elections, but no choice.
ft is a country which is an organic part of its
trade unions.
ft is a country where nobody wants to work, so
they build a new town in three days’ time and go
idle the rest of the week.
It is a country where a slip of paper can move
mountains, but all the mountains beget is speeches.
It is a country which produces less than it eats,
and yet, of all places, it is here that nobody has
ever died of hunger.
It is a country where nobody expects miracles,
but everybody takes them for granted.
It is a country where one calls ministers simply
“Moishe” — and then almost dies with the ex-
citement of it.
It is the only country in the region whose
political regime is the bus cooperative.
It is a country whose survival is permanently
endangered, and yet its inhabitants’ ulcers are
caused by the neighbors from above.
It is a country where every human being is a
soldier, and every soldier is a human being.
It is the only country in which I could live. It
is my country.