Friday, May 21, 2010 3:11 AM
The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of the state of Israel, following a United Nations resolution to divide what was then known as Palestine into two separate entities. Zionists would celebrate this as the birth of the first Jewish state in the world. Palestinians and Arabs in the region, who disagreed with the resolution, would declare it a catastrophe. The six decades since have seen a mix of warfare, peace resolutions, border negotiations, and increasing divisions along political and religious lines.