Israel is a meeting point of three of the world's religions: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The historical overlapping between these three distinctive religions makes Israel a cultural and traditional hybrid but it has also led to an ongoing conflict with the Palestinian people over the location and size of Israel’s borders. This conflict has dominated the politics Middle Eastern region for decades and shows no signs of reaching a peaceful conclusion in the near future.
Understandably, a lot of literature produced in Israel focuses on the conflict between Israel and Palestine, as well as the philosophy of Zionism, and its relation to concepts of a Jewish state. Joseph Chayim Brenner is one such writer who deals with these themes, as is Shmuel Josef Agnon, Israel's first Nobel Prize for Literature winner. Other modern Israeli writers include David Grossman, A.B. Yehoshua and Amos Oz.
Films from Israel show the country’s diverse population and offer perspective on the violence that has blighted the region. Many films are about the conflict between Lebanon and Israel, like Ari Folman’s animated film Waltz with Bashir and Samuel Maoz’s film, Lebanon, showing 24 hours in the life of four Israeli paratroopers.