I've cited, over the last several years, how shallow the Israel Independence Day celebrations appear to me under the conditions prevailing here. A virtual police state where every citizen is suspect, both in security issues and in government/citizen relationships. True independence for the people appears to have slipped away from the great democracies of the world - and in their place, systemic quagmires of conflict, which manage their populace with an iron fist, in their all-prevalent worship of the new economic gods of our troubled world.
On this 4th day of July, the 229th year of independence for America, I raise a hope for the conscience of the people to rise from the quagmire and voice its dissention with the state of affairs in the world's number one super power. The struggle for freedom and independence remains an issue of great concern for the common people today and casts a sombering shadow on the party atmosphere, laden with proud symbols but also with little true depth of meaning and content.
A day is coming when America and the world will celebrate freedom in its truer form. Till then, we call on the people to look deeply at the calamities of our times and muster the courage to demand a change which holds a promise of a better tomorrow.
Happy Birthday America.