This article in Ynetnews.com pretty much sums up the mixed feelings that many of us have today. On the one hand we celebrate Israel's 58th birthday, and we are grateful to G-d for the opportunity to live in our own state as Jews.
On the other hand, we are still sore and angry at the institutions in Israel that we feel have let us down, and have made decisions that are not only painful for the families that have been expelled from their homes, but have also proven to be dangerous to our security as a whole.
Our family is doing what we usually do today, meeting friends for a short tiyul (hike) and then eating huge amounts of meat, bar-b-qued of course! As a matter of fact, I think today will be an extremely lonely day for another group in Israel, the vegetarians (poor souls). ;)
To my Israeli readers, have a good one. To my international readers, think about us today (and have a burger, at least, in solidarity!).