Mr. Burston, This is a nice but very idealistic article. The Israel you speak of, never existed nor could it exist since the intentions of the European Zionists were to ethnically cleanse Palestine of its native inhabitants, the Palestinians. A future bi-national state could embody what you imagined Israel to be. But to date, your ideal Israel is not and it has never been!
UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue (AP)
from the article: Come visit Israel. Before it's gone.