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Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in West Asia, situated at the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. It shares land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian Territories (which are claimed by the State of Palestine and are partially controlled by Israel) comprising the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. It contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's financial center is Tel Aviv, while Jerusalem is both its self-designated, though unrecognised by the United Nations, capital and the most populous individual city under the country's governmental administration. Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem is internationally disputed.


On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended the adoption and implementation of the Partition Plan for Mandatory Palestine. This UN plan specified borders for new Arab and Jewish States and also specified an area of Jerusalem and its environs which was to be administered by the UN under an international regime. The end of the British Mandate for Palestine was set for midnight on 14 May 1948. That day, David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the Zionist organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel," which would start to function from the termination of the mandate. The borders of the new state were not specified in the declaration. Neighboring Arab armies invaded the former Palestinian mandate on the next day and fought the Israeli forces. Israel has since fought several wars with neighboring Arab states, in the course of which it has occupied the West Bank, Sinai Peninsula (1956–57, 1967–82), part of South Lebanon (1982–2000), Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. It extended its laws to the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, but not the West Bank. Efforts to resolve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict have not resulted in peace. However, peace treaties between Israel and both Egypt and Jordan have successfully been signed. Israel’s occupation of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem is the world's longest military occupation in modern times.

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Supporters of the two-state solution could soon resemble the toiter or dead Hasidim, the disdainful term once used to describe disciples of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav who adhered to their spiritual leader after his death and refused to appoint a successor. With the two-state solution on life support, its ...
There are currently around 40,000 African refugees in Israel, mainly from Eritrea, about 73 percent, and Sudan, about 19 percent, who are facing threats of expulsion after the Israeli government announced a plan to deport all of them beginning in April. Africans targeted by the measure will have two options, ...

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Saudi Arabia of double-crossing the Palestinians and betraying 1.6 billion Muslims by siding with the U.S. and Israel on regional affairs. Despite Iran and Saudi Arabia's decades-long proxy war of influence in the Middle East, revolutionary Shiite ...
The destruction of the Hamas tunnel on the Gaza border Saturday night supports the conclusion that Israel has found a defense against the threat of attack tunnels under the Strip. Even if the defense isnt perfect, its pretty effective. The tunnel that was identified and blown up over the weekend near the ...

It has been a ground-breaking year for India-Israel relations, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Israel in July 2017 and, this week, his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu making a reciprocal visit, all within just six months. A lot is being said about the undeniable strategic cooperation and ...
Israel Says It Killed Palestinian Sought in Settler Slaying. In pre-dawn raid, Israel says its forces kill Palestinian wanted in fatal shooting of West Bank settler. Jan. 18, 2018, at 7:39 a.m.. Israel Says It Killed Palestinian Sought in Settler Slaying ...
A PLO Central Council statement on Monday called on the organization to suspend its recognition of Israel, first affirmed by the Palestinian body in 1993, until Israel recognized the State of Palestine, based on borders that existed before the Six-Day war of 1967. The council also demanded that Israel ...
The U.N. is concerned that Israel's deportation plans will force asylum seekers to make the arduous journey from Israel to Libya and eventually into Europe. The refugee agency has already recorded 80 cases of refugees who attempted to make the journey after being kicked out of Israel. "Feeling they had ...
"Hand in hand with them is Iran, which wants to wipe Israel out, and Hezbollah, which exists to destroy the State of Israel." For decades, this area in the Golan Heights was Israel's quietest border. Local members of the Druze minority sold apples to the Syrians and vineyards flourished in the hillside soil.
In 2017 we witnessed 60 newly founded cybersecurity startups emerge in Israel, a 28% decrease from the 83 companies founded in 2016. Conversely, the average 2017 seed round increased 16% YoY, growing from $2.85 million to $3.3 million. This is Israel's fourth consecutive year of increasing round ...
Palestinians in the West Bank are finally getting high-speed mobile data services, after a yearslong Israeli ban that cost their fragile economy hundreds of millions of dollars, impeded tech start-ups and denied them simple conveniences enjoyed by the rest of the world. Palestinian cell phone providers ...
Launched 13 years ago, Masa brings about 12,000 young Jews from around the world to Israel each year. It was launched as a joint venture between the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency, which subsidize participants. The controversy, which has brought a halt to future registration, concerns the ...
Israeli authorities must release a 16-year-old Palestinian activist who could face up to 10 years in prison over an altercation with Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank last month, Amnesty International said as she appeared in court today. Ahed Tamimi will go before Ofer military court in the occupied ...
Jonathan Conricus said. The Israeli military at first described the target as a "terror infrastructure" site, in a statement shortly after the strike, clarifying that it was a tunnel in a conference call with reporters Sunday. Israel blamed Hamas for building the tunnel and says it holds the Islamist group responsible for ...
Buenos Aires, Argentina (JTA) -- Argentina will export more kosher frozen beef to Israel, following an official visit of the country's vice president. Gabriela Michetti on Sunday completed an official visit to Israel with an economic team of vice ministers to turn the good relations between both countries "to ...

Modi accorded Netanyahu a warm welcome when he arrived on Sunday and vowed to "further cement the close friendship" between Israel and India. The highly publicised visit comes after New Delhi voted against the United States decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at the UN General ...
His words come against the backdrop of a controversial plan by the Israeli government to forcefully deport African asylum seekers from the country. In the beginning of the month, the population, Immigration and Border Authority announced that it was launching a campaign to rid Israel of its asylum seekers, ...
Israel is extremely likely to hold a general election in 2018, one year ahead of schedule, according to the advocacy group and think-tank Bicom. In a report outlining its predictions for the Middle East, the think-tank said Israeli governments "rarely" saw out their full five-year terms and the longest-serving ...
Israel army planes attacked what the military described as "terror targets" along the border with Gaza, the army announced late Saturday. In a statement, the Israel Defense Forces said that it views Hamas as responsible for what happens in Gaza. Palestinian sources say that a tunnel was the target of the ...
In the past year the number of Palestinian residents in the strip that Israel allowed to leave has dropped sharply. In 2015 the number of departures (not the number of permit holders, because some people left several times a month) was an average of 14,276 a month. In 2016 the number dropped slightly to ...
The UN has called on Israel to scrap its new programme forcing thousands of African migrants out of the country, condemning it as incoherent and unsafe. That scheme has led to thousands of people being offered $3,500 (£2,590) and a plane ticket if they leave the country by March, with a warning they ...
My words are a reflection of my experiences on my trip, and my criticism lies with the treatment of Palestinian civilians by the State of Israel, no more and no less. As a black man in America, being stereotyped as a criminal is more than familiar to me, as is being unwanted on the streets of my own home and ...
Israel has approved the construction of more than 1,000 settlement units in the occupied West Bank, the peace Now NGO has reported. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki criticised the plan, blaming the United States for "giving the green light" to Israel to do "whatever it wants with Palestinian land".
Somali and Eritrean refugees wash at a reception centre at the port of Augusta, Sicily. They had been rescued at sea by the Spanish Coast Guard after setting out from Libya. (file) Photo: UNHCR/Fabio Bucciarelli. Tweet. Print. 9 January 2018 - The United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday appealed to the Israeli ...
Israel's central bank has said that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are more an asset than a currency. Addressing a meeting of the Knesset finance Committee yesterday, Nadine Baudot-Trajtenberg, deputy governor of the Bank of Israel, said, "Bitcoin and similar virtual currencies are not a currency, and are ...
Israel's spy chief has said in the wake of last week's protests in Iran that the country's external intelligence network Mossad has "eyes, ears and even more" trained on developments in the Islamic Republic. Yossi Cohen, the head of Mossad, made the comments at a Treasury committee meeting Tuesday.
Israel has attacked several military outposts near the Syrian capital with jets and ground-to-ground missiles in an early-morning strike, Syria's Army said. In a statement reported by state media, the Assad regime's forces said Israeli jets fired missiles at the al-Qutayfah area near Damascus from inside ...
Israeli jets and ground-to-ground missile attacks on targets in the outskirts of Damascus are a mark of Israel's heightened concern as President Bashar al-Assad comes close to winning the civil war in Syria. Israel's security cabinet has held meetings several times in recent days to discuss how it should ...
Tel Aviv, Israel -- An American Quaker group that won a Nobel Peace Prize for its support of holocaust refugees has vowed to press ahead with its work on behalf of Palestinian rights after Israel said its staff members may be denied entry to the country. The group, American Friends Service Committee ...
French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said it was important to maintain dialogue with Iran, warning that the tone of comments from the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia on Iran was "nearly one that would lead us to war." Macron said he would only visit Iran if there was a return to calm ...
"The all-time record number of tourists visiting Israel this year is no accident; it is the result of a clear policy," said Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin. "We have implemented several significant initiatives including reaching out to new and focused markets, building sub-brands and launching new campaigns, ...
A week ago the independent Palestinian news agency Sama reported that the reconciliation government had sent a letter "to the Israeli side" (i.e., to the office of the coordinator of government activity in the territories), requesting that Israel resume supplying 120 megawatts of power to the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military has warned the Islamist group Hezbollah that it risks starting a third Lebanon war if it fires its rockets at offshore natural gas platforms in the Mediterranean. Senior Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) officers told Haaretz newspaper they were aware the Iran-backed, Shiite paramilitary group ...
Jerusalem -- If President Trump's goal with a pair of tweets threatening to cut their funding was to compel Palestinians, one way or another, to return to peace negotiations, they appear to have had the opposite effect -- and left many Israelis confused and worried as well. "We pay the Palestinians ...
Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian teen on the northern outskirts of the occupied West Bank town of Ramallah, according to Palestinian officials. The Palestinian health ministry identified the 17-year-old boy as Musab Firas al-Tamimi from the village of Deir Nitham, where Wednesday's shooting took ...
It should come as no surprise, then, that step after lumbering, ill-considered steps taken by Benjamin Netanyahu's government - easily the most unapologetically right-wing in the nation's history - are unintentionally composing a manual for how to fight against the jewel in the crown of the right, Israel's ...
... suicide bomber and a cell that would carry out shooting attacks. The Shin Bet also suspects Mohammed was told to open a computer store to serve as an intelligence gathering center. The Iranians offered to train him in explosives and suggested he recruit an Israeli Arab to take photographs inside Israel.
Israel is set to inform thousands of Africans who entered the country illegally that they have three months to leave or face indefinite imprisonment. The decision, opposed by rights groups, follows months of speculation over the future of both the migrants and the Holot detention facility in the Negev desert, ...
Vice President Mike Pence's planned trip to Israel appears to have been postponed yet again, with the Israeli Foreign Ministry saying Tuesday that "it's not on our schedule." Pence's deputy chief of staff, Jarrod Agen, had told The Associated Press on Monday that the vice president will be "going later this ...
In a video, an exultant Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly thanked Trump for his "historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital." And on Monday, the Knesset, Israel's parliament, emboldened by Trump's move, passed a bill requiring that a two-thirds majority of Knesset ...
Four consecutive years of drought have put several biblical bodies of water at risk: the sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, and the Dead Sea. The AP photographer Oded Balilty spent much of last year documenting these bodies of water and the ways locals and tourists play and worship there. The AP reports that "the sea of ...
A campaign targeting the singer Lorde for pulling out of a planned concert in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv has been condemned as bullying by pro-Palestinian activists and others on twitter. The 21-year-old performer took the decision after two supporters of the boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement ...
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and his World Values Network harshly criticized the 21-year-old singer in a full-page ad in The Washington Post that appeared Sunday, saying she was joining a "global anti-Semitic boycott of Israel." The New Jersey-based Orthodox rabbi -- who's a regular contributor to Breitbart ...
Bethlehem, occupied West Bank - Israeli authorities are seeking 12 charges against Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist filmed slapping and kicking two Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank. The teenager was detained on December 19, four days after the video showing her ...
The bill passed early on Tuesday and stipulates that two-thirds support is needed in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, before Israel can relinquish control over any portion of the holy city to a foreign entity, according to local media. The bill is widely seen as intended to make it more difficult to give up part of ...
Divorce rates in the Haredi community are catching up to those of the secular Jewish population. Beyond the 'usual' reasons for untying the knot, many cite another: declining religious observance by their spouse. Aaron Rabinowitz. Dec 31, 2017 1:24 AM. 0comments Print Zen Subscribe now · Shareshare on facebook ...
Israeli ambassador to Unesco Carmel Shama-Hacohen delivered Israel's official letter of resignation from the organization, in line with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision. Israel thus joined the United States, which announced its resignation from the United Nations education, Scientific and ...
In the growing tide of support for the cultural boycott of Israel, New Zealand music star Lorde's decision to cancel her Tel Aviv concert is precedent-setting in many ways. Lorde cancelled the Israeli leg of her 2018 world tour only days after it was announced. With commendable modesty and openness to ...


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