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Vienna | 15.6.2007 | 17:10 
God, what's happening in the world! A reality check on the web.

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A Reality Check special with Tony Judt
  Tony Judt is the author of Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 (Geschichte Europas von 1945 bis zur Gegenwart). He's this year's winner of the Bruno Kreisky prize for the best political book of 2006. On this Saturday's Reality Check (12-13), the New York University professor talks with Jill Zobel about the immediate years after WWII in Europe when billions of American dollars were spent on European reconstruction through the Marshall Plan.

He also speaks about how a new war on the Korean peninsula in 1950 promoted the Americanization of Europe which was welcomed by some and resented by others.
The inevitability of the Cold War that followed, the way it impacted relations between eastern and western Europe and created a divide which only to some extent has eased through the fall of Communism and European Union enlargement are only part of FM4's Reality Check special.
  Besides being a much admired scholar of European history, Tony Judt is also a vocal critic of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories. Born to Jewish immigrant parents in London in 1948, educated at Hebrew schools, Tony Judt got engaged with the new Israeli state at an early age when at 15 he was already helping to convince British Jews to migrate to Israel.

Taking a break from university he joined an Israeli kibbutz and during the 6 Day War of 1967 Judt worked as driver and translator for the Israeli defence forces. Nevertheless he turned against the Zionist movement after the war and used the American and Israeli media to argue against Israeli government policy, calling early on for a Palestinian state and a total change in Israel's religion-based political system. This has made him a frequent target of the powerful Israel lobby in the United States. Still, Tony Judt continues to talk about why he thinks Israel is bad for Jews, about the need to change the nature of statehood in Israel and his conviction that only the U.S. government has the power to bring peace to the Middle East.

 Tony Judt (APA / Hans Klaus Techt)
  Tony Judt, this year's winner of the Bruno Kreisky prize for the best political book of 2006, a special guest this Saturday (June 16th) on Reality Check (12-13).
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