We read the headlines and each day brings the news that Israel appears to be standing over an abyss, between terrorism, nuclear weapons, international delegitimization, social problems and a host of other challenges, it’s not unreasonable to wonder whether Israel will survive.

But to look back at Israel’s history is to recognize that its situation has always been precarious, that it has always faced existential challenges that seemed on the verge of tearing it apart.

Israel has faced destruction time and time again, and while today’s threats are of a different character than in the past, they are a continuation of a small country’s long struggle against the historical imperatives of the West and the East.

Israel exists in defiance of history. In defiance of Longfellow’s exclamation in The Jewish Cemetery at Newport that, “What once has been shall be no more”. It is predictably unpredictable. There is no one set future for the Jewish state, only many possible futures.

On March 20, 2012, Daniel Greenfield, the inimitable blogger Sultan Knish – explored these possible futures, both the good and the bad, in relation to the trends in Israel and the world. Through these possible futures we began to see whether the Jewish state will be able to defy the prediction in Longfellow’s poem or whether it will once again become a Jewish cemetery.

Sultan Knish (Daniel Greenfield) paints Israel in 50 years

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