The State of Israel Today

In 2008, Israel will commemorate its 60th year as an independent state. Has the Israel of today fulfilled most of its founder David Ben-Gurion's dreams of 1948? If Ben-Gurion were to come back today, what would he consider his nation's greatest successes? Its greatest failures? Can the desire for a peaceful coexistence with its Arab neighbors be a realistic expectation for Israel's next generation? Israeli Ambassador to the United States Daniel Ayalon gives us a history lesson and identifies the challenges his compatriots face in a future filled with great hope yet fraught with ever-present danger.

Festival: 2006

More on this Session

Watch and Listen: World

In the nearly 18 months of his presidency, Donald Trump has made an array of foreign policy changes. It began with... See more
Join Dan Porterfield and Kitty Boone in kicking off the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. Featuring conversations with Jeffrey... See more
Globalization ushered in an era of free trade, fluid borders, and unparalleled corporate profits. For its proponents,... See more
While the allegations of Russia’s 2016 election meddling have dominated US headlines, Vladimir Putin’s government is... See more
Donald Trump’s America First philosophy and his retreat from international alliances led pundits to dub Germany’s... See more
The last year has seen a clear trend toward a more authoritarian China at home and a more aggressive China overseas. As... See more

Pages