>> It's 70 years since Israel was founded in 1948 and plunged straight into war with its Arab neighbors, setting the tone for the decades of turbulence that have followed. As Israel celebrates it's anniversary, the Palestinians mark the same event as the Nakba, or catastrophe. But as Jeffrey Heller reports from Jerusalem, many Israelis now feel buoyed by US support.
Blue and white flags, barbecues and fireworks, Israelis have a lot to celebrate. The so-called start-up nation's high tech industry is flourishing, the country's military is powerful. And it's closest ally, the United States, is about to move it's embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a dramatic shift spearheaded by President Donald Trump.
>> And I want to tell you also how much we appreciate.>> Many Israelis see Trump as one of the best friends their country has ever had in the White House, especially after he broke with decades of US policy and recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital back in December.
It's a country that's never known a day of peace. As one newspaper headline put it, Israel is 70, the Air Force is ready for a celebratory fly over and for an Iranian attack in the north. That was a reference to concern that Iran may retaliate for an Israeli air strike last week that killed seven Iranians at the air base in Syria.
Iran's revolutionary guards and Iranian-backed militias have been supporting the Syrian government in Syria's civil war. Israel says it will prevent Iranian military entrenchment there. And there's been weekly and often deadly violence along the Gaza border, where Palestinians have been protesting for right of return of refugees and their descendants to homes that are now in Israel.
Peace talks with the Palestinians, who have been under Israeli military occupation for more than two-thirds of Israel's 70 years since the state haven't been held since 2014. There's little sign they'll resume any time soon, so if there's one thing that's certain here, it's the uncertainty.