A nation bid a controversial leader goodbye on Sunday as preparations are made for Ariel Sharon's funeral at his family home on Monday.
As Israel turns 70, DW takes a look at the ups and downs of its relationship to African countries over the past decades. More recently, the Israeli government has shown renewed interest in the continent.
Netanyahu used Israel's 70-year anniversary celebrations to warn the Jewish state's enemies. At the same time he hinted at better relations with some Arab countries.
EU-Israel business ties have never been stronger. And while Brussels’ support for the Palestinian Authority means the political realm is fraught with often very old complications, business prospects look very healthy.
As Israel celebrates the anniversary of its founding in 1948, DW looks back at seven decades of German-Israeli relations. The two countries remain firm allies, but their friendship is uniquely fraught by history.
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