The modern state of Israel is a country in the Middle East that borders on the Mediterranean Sea. It was founded in 1948.
Israel is the only country in the world with a Jewish majority, and it defines itself as a "Jewish and democratic state." Its self-designated capital is Jerusalem, but this is unrecognized by the UN. Tel Aviv is Israel's financial and technology center. This page collates DW's latest content related to Israel.
There are more than 130 Jewish settlements in the West Bank alone. Most of the international community, say the Israeli settlements are illegal. But the Israelis living in settlements dont believe they are on occupied territory. Rotem and Efrat live in the settlement Lechem. (Report: Thorsten Teichmann)
The El Habash family live in Nusseirat, in the Gaza strip. But even though most of them were born here, they don't feel at home. Their home, they say, is Ashkelon, thats now in Israel. But its unlikely they will ever live there, on their ancestral land, where Grandfather Mohammed El Habash was born. (Report: Tim Assman)