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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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Catz is visiting Israel at a very turbulent period in the enterprise computing market. Industry sources said that Oracle had recently been conducting an aggressive campaign to recruit personnel and customers for its cloud product, which is competing head-to-head against Amazon's Web (cloud ... CEO money
According to the Environmental Protection Ministry's Clean Coast Index, in 2015 about two-thirds of the beaches in Israel were ranked between moderately and very dirty. In a cleanup operation initiated by the Jewish National Fund together with the international organization Clean Up The World, ...
Let's be clear: The strike in Syria was not motivated by geopolitical reasons, but by ethical norms. This strike was about defending "the values and ideals that our nation represents," said the Pentagon spokeswoman. Bashar Assad violated the norms regarding chemical weapons, norms that were ...

To really understand Israel and the Middle East - subscribe to Haaretz. "Tel Aviv will be punished for its aggressive action," Bahram Ghassemi, the spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, told reporters. "The occupying Zionist regime will, sooner or later, receive an appropriate response to its actions.". Drone
The somber, annual Memorial Day ceremony will take place a day before the celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Israel's foundation, according to the Hebrew calendar -- and it took nearly that long to create the country's first national pantheon. Adjacent to the national military cemetery on ... War
SYRIA-ISRAEL BORDER, Golan Heights -- Stop me if you've heard this one before: Syria is going to explode. I know, you have heard that one before, but this time I mean really explode. Because the U.S., British and French attack on Syria to punish its regime for its vile use of chemical weapons -- ... War in Syria Iran
Cue Israel, which is an agricultural superpower already and has a great green thumb for cannabis cultivation. Why? Mainly because Israel is leading the globe when it comes to legitimate cannabis research on medical applications for serious illnesses. While the U.S. dabbles with adult-use cannabis ... War in Syria Iran
Israel's government has canceled its plans to forcibly expel an estimated 38,000 African refugees and asylum seekers after reaching an unprecedented agreement with the United Nations High Commissioner. Under the terms of the agreement, the UN will work to find Western countries to take in at least ... War in Syria Iran
Under the plan, made with the United Nations Refugee Agency, Israel was to send at least 16,250 African migrants to Canada, Italy and Germany. Netanyahu had said earlier Monday that the agreement was the result of an "unprecedented understanding" with the UNHCR. The plan allowed for thousands ... War in Syria Iran
Palestinians in Gaza are among the world's most desperate people. For more than a decade, their 140-square-mile strip has been blockaded by Israel and Egypt, sharply restricting the flow of goods and people. Indeed, many Gazans have never left the enclave, a grim measure of their prolonged isolation. War in Syria Iran
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an "unprecedented agreement" with the United Nations on Monday that appeared, for a few hours, to provide a solution for tens of thousands of mostly African asylum seekers whose fate had moved hundreds of thousands of Israelis to protest against ... War in Syria Iran
Explaining that an initial plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda in Africa had fallen apart, he said he then sought to resolve the matter through an agreement with the UN refugee agency. He placed blame for Rwanda's reconsideration of the agreement to accept asylum seekers from Israel on the New ... War in Syria Iran
Hamas has called on the Arab League to sue Israel for killing unarmed Palestinians near the Gaza strip border. The call was made on Monday in a phone conversation between Hamas' political leader Ismail Haniya and Arab League's Secretary-General Ahmed Abul-Gheit. The Arab League will hold an ... War in Syria Iran

Israel is holding the bodies of two Palestinians killed by its snipers near the border with the besieged Gaza Strip, an Israeli official confirmed on Sunday. Yoav Mordechai said Israel will not return the bodies of the two Palestinians until the remains of two Israeli soldiers killed during Israel's war on Gaza are ... War in Syria Iran
Those of us who have long enjoyed close relationships with Jewish friends and colleagues always make it clear that our trenchant criticism is of Israel and not of the Jewish people. Indeed, we are often frustrated with the damage that the conflation of the two does to that relationship. I look forward to the time ... War in Syria Iran
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, more than 1,400 others were wounded at the demonstration which commemorated Land Day, which stems from March 30, 1976, when six unarmed Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed by Israeli forces during protests against the Israeli government's ... War in Syria Iran
Israel has been flying its new stealth fighter-jets over Iranian nuclear bases, according to a Kuwaiti newspaper that is thought to be used as an outlet for Israeli messages to the Arab world. The al-Jarida newspaper claimed this week that two of Israel's F-35 fighters flew over Syria and Iraq to reach Iranian ... War in Syria Iran
Speaking to Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear, journalist and filmmaker Dan Cohen explained that Israel's aggressive response to the protests is another example of the state suppressing Palestinians because they're not Jewish. "I think we have to understand why [Palestinians] are marching… and why Israel ... War in Syria Iran
Gaza is tightly closed off by Israel, and people's movement is severely restricted for security reasons. "Somehow we are still waiting, although it doesn't look as if we get a permit this time," said Mazen, a Christian who spoke on the condition that his real name not be used because he still hoped to receive a ... War in Syria Iran
Comments made by Israel's top political and religious leaders earlier this month are a dismal reminder of how little black lives matter in the country, and how African refugees remain in mortal danger, whether or not the government's plan to deport them is temporarily suspended. On March 17, one of Israel's ... War in Syria Iran
As we know, it's very common for “pro-Israel” activists (I hate the term “pro-Israel”, but can't think of a better term, so I put it in scare quotes) to accuse critics of Israel, especially advocates of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, of anti-Semitic bias. One of the basic go-to pieces of evidence for ... War in Syria Iran
Two planes collided at Ben Gurion airport in Israel, causing "heavy damage" but no casualties. The tail end of a German aircraft crashed into the tail end of an Israeli plane, the Israel Airports Authority said. A spokesman, Ofer Lefler, said "heavy damaged was caused, mainly to the German plane.". War in Syria Iran
Isrotel unveiled plans Wednesday for a major expansion of its chain in Israel, adding five new hotels by 2022 to its 24 existing properties. The company said it planned to build three new hotels on the Tel Aviv beachfront and another on the intersection of the city's Nahalat Binyamin and Ahad Ha'am streets. War in Syria Iran
Religious Zionist rabbis have come out against a Diaspora Affairs Ministry report recommending Israel to reach out to tens of millions of non-Jews with an affinity to Judaism. The rabbis criticized the report, saying that calling for the conversion of non-Jews is not Judaism's way. “According to Jewish law, ... War in Syria Iran
WARSAW, Poland — The Croatian government has decided to procure used F-16D Barak fighter jets from Israel, in order to replace its aging fleet of Russian jets. Croatia's ... In October, the Croatian ministry said it obtained four offers, including bids submitted by the U.S., Israel, Greece and Sweden. War in Syria Iran
His one and only mission on his first official visit to Israel was to clarify the extent to which France objects to destroying the Iran nuclear deal. The only way to go about that, Paris believed, was to send in the heavy guns. To that effect, the French foreign minister had backup. On the same day (March 26), ... War in Syria Iran
The Israeli military has deployed more than 100 snipers, with permission to fire, on the Gaza border, before a planned mass Palestinian demonstration near Gaza's border with Israel, the Israeli top general said in an interview published on Wednesday. “We have deployed more than 100 sharpshooters who ... War in Syria Iran
TEL AVIV — The Israeli government has hailed Air India's new nonstop service from New Delhi to Tel Aviv as a historic breakthrough — the Indian carrier is the first commercial airline to take a geopolitical shortcut through Saudi Arabian airspace. But Israel's national airline, El Al, still has to take the long ... War in Syria Iran
I spoke at the 6th Global Forum on Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem last week. I was invited by the Consul General of Los Angeles, Sam Grundwerg, whose job it is to connect American Jews in Los Angeles with Israel. He works with all sorts of people, but connecting Los Angeles celebrities with Israel is a ... War in Syria Iran
BDS is a non-violent people led movement that aims to economically pressure Israel into providing equal rights and a right of return to Palestinians. Modelled on the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, it has inspired people from around the world to boycott businesses and academic and cultural ... War in Syria Iran
On March 26, 1979, under the auspicious of the United States, Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty. But the bilateral relationship has been characterized as a “cold peace.” For the nearly four decades since, the two countries have exchanged ambassadors and coordinated on security and borders, but full ... War in Syria Iran
Israel is pressing the US administration for an exemption from the high customs duties on aluminum and steel products announced by US President Donald Trump. Sources inform "Globes" that the Ministry of Economy and Industry Foreign Trade Administration asked the International Trade Administration ... War in Syria Iran
The Lod District Court convicted two West Bank Palestinians of the murder of Reuven Shmerling Sunday. The two were also convicted of entering Israel illegally. Shmerling, a 70-year-old resident of the settlement of Elkana was murdered during the holiday of Sukkot in 2017, and his body was found in the ... War in Syria Iran
Israel's Iron dome missile defense system was activated several times late Sunday evening as a result of light artillery fire from a drill carried out by Hamas' military arm in the Gaza Strip. Multiple rocket sirens sounded in southern Israeli communities near the Gaza border, including in the city of Ashkelon. War in Syria Iran
Former senior U.S. diplomat Aaron David Miller recalled recently how even at the peak of the Oslo process, when Israel and the Palestinians seemed close to reaching a peace deal, the Saudis refused American entreaties to make such a gesture to Israel. It's happening now, when the diplomatic process ... War in Syria Iran
A former Israeli defence minister has said that US President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, John Bolton, once tried to convince him to attack Iran. "I knew John Bolton since he was United States ambassador to the United Nations," Shaul Mofaz, who served as defence chief from 2002 to ... War in Syria Iran
Israel is to sell all of its leavened bread, as well as cakes, biscuits, noodles, and even beer to an Arab, but the Jewish state will not go hungry, nor would the food be delivered to Israeli-blockaded Gaza; the sale is just a religious trick to get around the rules of Torah. For the Passover Feast, the Jewish state ... War in Syria Iran
What does the departure of Tillerson and the elevation of Pompeo tell us about where Trump's “wavelength” is when it comes to what matters to Israel and American Jews? Trump looks serious about leaving the Iran deal. Tillerson and Trump have tussled about a number of things — whether Russia is a ... War in Syria Iran
Shelters are mandatory for new buildings and housing in Israel. About 200 children in Tel Aviv were quickly guided by their teachers to the shelter in their elementary school. The school also has equipment that can produce clean air to cope with a chemical weapon attack. The principal said the situation ... War in Syria Iran
William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington, D.C., office of the Jewish Federations of North America, discussed his perspective on a range of policy issues in the U.S. and Israel with a group of Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School donors March 11. War in Syria Iran
The right wing in Israel will undoubtedly look to claim this erosion of Democratic support as an indication that it serves Israelis best to simply ally with Trump and his cronies, who appear to give Israelis the uncritical support they yearn for. Logically, they'll say, Israel must hunker down and protect itself from a ... War in Syria Iran
Should the United States distance itself from Israel to become a neutral negotiator? According to a Wall Street Journal article, the Trump administration's recent “moves have been seen as favoring Israel by Europeans, the Palestinians and their supporters.” Lost in the discussion is whether America's ... War in Syria Iran
The hand of Israel is not being ruled out as Hamas announces an inquiry into an explosion that targeted the convoy of the West-Bank-based Palestinian prime minister during a visit to the Gaza Strip. Tuesday's blast injured several security guards of Rami Hamdallah but left him unharmed during a visit to ... War in Syria Iran
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) responded to the coalition crisis at a conference of the Israel Democracy Institute and the weekly Makor Rishon Sunday evening. “Our hope is not yet lost, this crisis is solvable,” she said, adding that the Likud lawmakers she spoke with also don't want ... War in Syria Iran
Israeli military intelligence and satellite technology have identified at least ten Iranian military bases in Syria as the threat of war between the two rises. The bases are home to tens of thousands of troops from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which conducts overseas operations, as well as missiles and ... War in Syria Iran
Israel was one of the first countries to send aid. “These generators will provide immediate assistance to communities suffering from damage to critical infrastructure,” noted the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill. The generators were delivered on March 8 by Yaron Sultan-Dadon, the Pacific ... War in Syria Iran


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