Israel at 51
On the face of it, Israel is an independent state, but in practice, there is no decision that does not pass through the U.S. The economic/cultural/military dependence that Israel has developed in the United States in the last four decades, together with the flourishing of globalization and the free market in Israel in the 1980s made us a kind of US beneficiary.
With the election of the sympathetic Donald Trump, we returned to the glory days of the "Uncle Sam" Israel celebrated in its early decades. She was careful to cultivate a unique cultural character of her own with kibbutzim, Hora dances and the revival of the Hebrew language. The fine European delicacies were swallowed up by McDonald’s. It seems like today, Israel is another one of the states of the U.S., with billboards advertising with slang--all in English. Add to that a decade with a prime minister who is more American than anything else, and you have basically become the 51st star on the U.S. flag.
Abir Sultan is a photographer for EPA