Diplomacy, Music, and War: Israel’s Emotional Roller Coaster of a Day

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Charles Dickens’s famous line could easily be the headline for Monday evening in Israel and its tale of three countries. In Jerusalem: The festive dedication of the new U.S. Embassy. In Gaza: At least 55 Palestinians killed in violent riots on the border. In Tel Aviv: Rabin Square packed with revelers for a performance celebrating Israel’s landslide victory in Eurovision.

Israel was in the throes of acute split personality disorder on Monday night, dancing on the edge of a cliff and trying not to look down.

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