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Intifada, Israeli society was subject to the constant threat of suicide bombs on buses, in malls, supermarkets or on the streets.At its peak in 2002, when Israelis my age would have been in their early teens, 452 people were killed in suicide attacks, according to the Israel Security Agency.forced to yield to spontaneous midnight visits from Israel Defense Force soldiers at their front doors.This generation, now grown, is struggling both with the very grave concerns of national land claims, military service (or resistance thereof) and traumatic childhood memories, along with figuring out how they can move out of their parents home in Israel s exorbitantly expensive housing market and how to decide what to study in university (I speak mostly of the Israeli experience, obviously).Indeed, it s a funny thing to have a conversation with a uniformed Artillery Corps soldier about her weekend plans Discount Wedding Guest Dresses Under $70 Discount Wedding Guest Dresses Under $70 , and to see a 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couple making out off of Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem and spend a couple hours eating ice cream at Betzet Beach south of Rosh HaNikra.But when you climb Mount Bental in the Golan Heights and hear bombs going off in Syria, or stare down a soldier s M16 in a rest-stop bathroom, or pass by a Jerusalem bus marked with a banner that reads Bring Back Our Boys (in reference to the three abducted Israeli teens), you become acutely aware of just where you are, and how quickly things can change.The difference can indeed be equivalent to just one 11-hour plane ride.From the searing pain of those dark days after September 11, 2001, to the moonless Pakistani night when she watched Americans catch up with Osama bin Laden from the White House Situation Room, Hillary Rodham Clinton s speech at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto Monday had the flavour of both a retirement retrospective and a presidential campaign.The former First Lady, Senator from New York and U.Secretary of State, and likely 2016 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now gripping his country, by refusing American troops, coveting only materiel and weapons, and alienating Sunnis from his government.We need more partners and fewer adversaries, and we can never afford to take a trusted friend for grantedAnd she recalled the tense and hilarious moment when President Barack Obama pulled her aside at a nuclear summit in Prague to tell her she had something stuck in her teeth.That is a true friend, she said, and spoke frankly of her fondness for her former bitter rival, and their first meeting after he won.It was like an awkward first date, like teenagers who know each other, but warily, she said.She dodged specific questions on the Keystone XL pipeline decision, but praised Canada as an ally, with whom America shares a bond that would be an effective model for global relationships.We need more partners and fewer adversaries, and we can never afford to take a trusted friend for granted, Ms.RelatedChris Christie says ‘you bet’ he could beat Hillary Clinton 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