Al Jazeera World - Israel's Great Divide

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Israel is a nation of immigrants, and first-generation Israelis comprise only 32 percent of the population. Integration into Israeli society has been one of its main political goals and, under the leadership of founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion, Israel was going to be "the great Jewish melting pot", but it has come under severe strain almost since its inception in 1948. Israel's Great Divide explores the deep-rooted tension between Israel's Ashkenazi Jews and the Sephardi and Mizrahi communities.

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