Introduction: A dream come true? Israel's 60th anniversary is a good time to weigh the achievements of the Jewish state against expectations on which it was founded. Military achievements When it comes to the military, Israel was forced by its enemies to be the best in the world. Diplomatic overtures From the instant recognition and rapprochement with Germany to peace with Jordan. Scientific innovations: Too many to count The nation is one of the world's leaders in the per capita registration of US patents by its scientists, doctors and engineers. Law and order The laws and unforgettable court cases that define Israel's legal history. Political rabble-rousing No list of Israel's historic achievements could be complete without contributions from its true national sport: political rabble-rousing. Sixty years of hi-tech Some of most basic products and technologies that we take for granted, including computers, communications, security and even video games, were either wholly or largely created here. A light among the nations Israel's far reaching humanitarian efforts at home and across the globe. Stupendous sports From Esther Roth-Shachamarov finishes sixth in the 1976 Olympics to Gal Fridman's 2004 Olympic gold medal. The artists and cultural institutions that define Israeli Batsheva Dance Company, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Naomi Shemer and Arik Einstein are among Israel's cultural icons.