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

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