Israel has been celebrating the birth of the Jewish state seventy years ago. But the anniversary is overshadowed by the latest clashes in Gaza that have left dozens of Palestinians dead. It is an anniversary full of contradictions. Does the same go for German-Israeli relations? Our guests: Ofer Waldman (freelance journalist), Shani Rozanes (DW), Akram Baker (political analyst).
Akram Baker is a political analyst who was born and raised in the US and lived extensively in Palestine. He says: “With its ever-increasing right wing nature, Israel at 70 is accelerating the end of the Zionist experiment.”
Ofer Waldman The israeli journalist Ofer Waldman moved formerly to Germany as a musician in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Alongside his occupation as a free writer for the German public radio. He says: “70 years of independence, 50 years of occupation: Israel stands at the most crucial crossroads of its history.”
Shani Rozanes is an Israeli journalist who works for DW. She says: “Only 70 years old. Israel is still a young democracy in formation.”