+1, midfielder2. And Israel's future is hardly glum. Their economy is better than ever, ins pite of the huge defense burden it bears. The birthrate among Israeli Jews is among the highest in the Western world. Israel's biggest problem is self-esteem. They need to stop feeling guilty about their rebirth and success, and need to ignore what the rest of world says about them. Only the opinion of God matters. In fact, if current world-trends continue, I think Israel could outlive most Western democracies and republics, including the USA.