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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.
Every week hundreds of Palestinians pass checkpoints, walls, and fences to travel to the Israeli sea by bus. Israel says the barrier is a security measure, built in response to Palestinian terrorist attacks. But the Palestinians say that the wall robs them of land and restricts their freedom of movement – including a trip to the beach.
Israel was the first country to vaccinate, one of the first to reopen, and the first to widely administer booster shots. Then came its worst COVID-19 wave yet. Now life has returned to "almost normal." So what can other countries learn from Israel?