Israel

Country Israel
Capital Jerusalem
Continent Asia
Currency Israeli new shekel (ILS)
Languages Hebrew & Arabic

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Following World War II, the British withdrew from their mandate of Palestine, and the UN partitioned the area into Arab and Jewish states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs. Subsequently, the Israelis defeated the Arabs in a series of wars without ending the deep tensions between the two sides. The territories Israel occupied since the 1967 war are not included in the Israel country profile, unless otherwise noted. On 25 April 1982, Israel withdrew from the Sinai pursuant to the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. In keeping with the framework established at the Madrid Conference in October 1991, bilateral negotiations were conducted between Israel and Palestinian representatives and Syria to achieve a permanent settlement. Israel and Palestinian officials signed on 13 September 1993 a Declaration of Principles (also known as the "Oslo Accords") guiding an interim period of Palestinian self-rule. Outstanding territorial and other disputes with Jordan were resolved in the 26 October 1994 Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace. In addition, on 25 May 2000, Israel withdrew unilaterally from southern Lebanon, which it had occupied since 1982. In April 2003, US President BUSH, working in conjunction with the EU, UN, and Russia - the "Quartet" - took the lead in laying out a roadmap to a final settlement of the conflict by 2005, based on reciprocal steps by the two parties leading to two states, Israel and a democratic Palestine. However, progress toward a permanent status agreement was undermined by Israeli-Palestinian violence between September 2003 and February 2005. In the summer of 2005, Israel unilaterally disengaged from the Gaza Strip, evacuating settlers and its military while retaining control over most points of entry into the Gaza Strip. The election of HAMAS to head the Palestinian Legislative Council froze relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Ehud OLMERT became prime minister in March 2006 and presided over a 34-day conflict with Hizballah in Lebanon in June-August 2006 and a 23-day conflict with HAMAS in the Gaza Strip during December 2008 and January 2009. OLMERT, who in June 2007 resumed talks with PA President Mahmoud ABBAS, resigned in September 2008. Prime Minister Binyamin NETANYAHU formed a coalition in March 2009 following a February 2009 general election. Peace talks are currently stalled.

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In a Deeply Split Israel City, Both Sides Urge Unity - The New York TimesIn a Deeply Split Israel City, Both Sides Urge Unity  The New York Times

Trump is hanging Israel and Netanyahu out to dry - CNN
  1. Trump is hanging Israel and Netanyahu out to dry  CNN
  2. Why Trumpís withdrawal from Syria has Israel on edge  The Christian Science Monitor
  3. Pompeo assures Israel that U.S. focus stays on Iran 'threat'  Reuters.com
  4. Yair Netanyahu calls to boycott firms that advertise on Israel's top TV channels  The Times of Israel
  5. Pompeo seeks to reassure Israel amid Syria turmoil  Daily Mail
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Renowned Israeli expert slashed U.S. crime rates. Why isn't Israel Police following his lead? - HaaretzRenowned Israeli expert slashed U.S. crime rates. Why isn't Israel Police following his lead?  Haaretz

Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Pastóand With Israel - Foreign PolicyLithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Pastóand With Israel  Foreign Policy

Last chance? Record Israeli group tours Naharayim, set to be reclaimed by Jordan - The Times of IsraelLast chance? Record Israeli group tours Naharayim, set to be reclaimed by Jordan  The Times of Israel

Prosecutors say murder of Israeli teenager by Palestinian wasnít political - HaaretzProsecutors say murder of Israeli teenager by Palestinian wasnít political  Haaretz

A chance discovery changes everything we know about biblical Israel - HaaretzA chance discovery changes everything we know about biblical Israel  Haaretz

Ex-Australian envoy says Israel's failure to extradite Malka Leifer damages ties - The Times of IsraelEx-Australian envoy says Israel's failure to extradite Malka Leifer damages ties  The Times of Israel

In latest sign of thaw, Israel sending official to anti-Iran summit in Bahrain - The Times of IsraelIn latest sign of thaw, Israel sending official to anti-Iran summit in Bahrain  The Times of Israel

PA Ban on Israeli Livestock Brings Threats of Countermeasures - The Jerusalem PostPA Ban on Israeli Livestock Brings Threats of Countermeasures  The Jerusalem Post

Boy from Israel dies in New York boat mishap - The Times of IsraelBoy from Israel dies in New York boat mishap  The Times of Israel

Forefather of the Ďadministered territoriesí - HaaretzForefather of the Ďadministered territoriesí  Haaretz

Israel, Russia, US in diplomatic standoff over 9.5 grams of marijuana - INSIDERIsrael, Russia, US in diplomatic standoff over 9.5 grams of marijuana  INSIDER

Revealed: rightwing push to ban criticism of Israel on US campuses - The GuardianRevealed: rightwing push to ban criticism of Israel on US campuses  The Guardian

Netanyahu condemns attacks after settlers injure two IDF soldiers near Yitzhar - The Jerusalem PostNetanyahu condemns attacks after settlers injure two IDF soldiers near Yitzhar  The Jerusalem Post

Security forces nab 7 people crossing into Israel from Jordan - The Times of IsraelSecurity forces nab 7 people crossing into Israel from Jordan  The Times of Israel

Israel 'Modified' Their F-35 Stealth Fighters. The Results Speak for Themselves. - The National Interest OnlineIsrael 'Modified' Their F-35 Stealth Fighters. The Results Speak for Themselves.  The National Interest Online

Israeli baby girl dies on flight home from Thailand - The Times of IsraelIsraeli baby girl dies on flight home from Thailand  The Times of Israel

Israelis Watch U.S. Abandon Kurds, and Worry: Whoís Next? - The New York TimesIsraelis Watch U.S. Abandon Kurds, and Worry: Whoís Next?  The New York Times

Trump's about-face in Syria forces Israel to rethink its Middle East strategy - HaaretzTrump's about-face in Syria forces Israel to rethink its Middle East strategy  Haaretz

Israeli study finds brains wired to prevent humans from thinking about own death - The Times of IsraelIsraeli study finds brains wired to prevent humans from thinking about own death  The Times of Israel

Israel again bars Colombian children from visiting their Jewish-Israeli mom - HaaretzIsrael again bars Colombian children from visiting their Jewish-Israeli mom  Haaretz

How an Israeli Unity Government Could Shrink the Conflict - The New York TimesHow an Israeli Unity Government Could Shrink the Conflict  The New York Times

Amazon launches series on hi-tech, with focus on Israel's Startup Nation - The Times of IsraelAmazon launches series on hi-tech, with focus on Israel's Startup Nation  The Times of Israel

As violent crime spikes in Israeli Arab towns, so does anger over a double standard in policing - The Washington PostAs violent crime spikes in Israeli Arab towns, so does anger over a double standard in policing  The Washington Post

How a Few Grams of Pot Turned an American-Israeli Into a Geopolitical Pawn - The New York TimesHow a Few Grams of Pot Turned an American-Israeli Into a Geopolitical Pawn  The New York Times

Palestinian meat boycott leaves Israeli farmers in the red - HaaretzPalestinian meat boycott leaves Israeli farmers in the red  Haaretz

Israelís many ancient synagogues beckon - The Jerusalem PostIsraelís many ancient synagogues beckon  The Jerusalem Post

Israel's supreme court overturns ruling to release Malka Leifer - The GuardianIsrael's supreme court overturns ruling to release Malka Leifer  The Guardian

Pregnant mother and daughter killed in car accident on major Israeli highway - HaaretzPregnant mother and daughter killed in car accident on major Israeli highway  Haaretz

Who needs the Strategic Affairs Ministry? - HaaretzWho needs the Strategic Affairs Ministry?  Haaretz

'I Am Israel' film highlights land, people of the Bible: 'Best proof God exists' - Fox News'I Am Israel' film highlights land, people of the Bible: 'Best proof God exists'  Fox News

From Iraq to the Red Sea, Iran-Israel battleground now spans entire Mideast - HaaretzFrom Iraq to the Red Sea, Iran-Israel battleground now spans entire Mideast  Haaretz

How Israel Is Helping Make America's Tanks Even Deadlier - The National Interest OnlineHow Israel Is Helping Make America's Tanks Even Deadlier  The National Interest Online

Israel, it's time to call off the anti-Polish hunt - HaaretzIsrael, it's time to call off the anti-Polish hunt  Haaretz

Ayman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahuís Grip on Israel - The New York TimesAyman Odeh: We Are Ending Netanyahuís Grip on Israel  The New York Times

Israel's Medical Cannabis Reform Continues to Benefit Nearly No One - CTechIsrael's Medical Cannabis Reform Continues to Benefit Nearly No One  CTech

Israel's Political Mythology | Ari Lamm - First ThingsIsrael's Political Mythology | Ari Lamm  First Things

War Over Peace Defines Israel's Settler Colonialism - The CitizenWar Over Peace Defines Israel's Settler Colonialism  The Citizen

Israel's fight against BDS intensifies | Op-eds - Gulf NewsIsrael's fight against BDS intensifies | Op-eds  Gulf News

Ousting Netanyahu isnít enough for Israelís Palestinians. They want equality - The GuardianOusting Netanyahu isnít enough for Israelís Palestinians. They want equality  The Guardian

Rabbis embrace Israel's new army chief. For now - HaaretzRabbis embrace Israel's new army chief. For now  Haaretz

Israel arrests Palestine's Jerusalem Minister Fadi al-Hadami - Al Jazeera EnglishIsrael arrests Palestine's Jerusalem Minister Fadi al-Hadami  Al Jazeera English

Israelis see Trumpís Syria pullout as a betrayal that could help unravel the region - The Washington PostIsraelis see Trumpís Syria pullout as a betrayal that could help unravel the region  The Washington Post

Archaeologists find 5,000-year-old 'New York' in Israel - CNNArchaeologists find 5,000-year-old 'New York' in Israel  CNN

Israel: Palestinian wielding knife shot dead in West Bank - Minneapolis Star TribuneIsrael: Palestinian wielding knife shot dead in West Bank  Minneapolis Star Tribune

Explainer: 'Only Bibi' no more - Israel's Netanyahu seeks power-sharing deal - ReutersExplainer: 'Only Bibi' no more - Israel's Netanyahu seeks power-sharing deal  Reuters

As Trump abandons Kurds, Israel worries how dependable he is - The Associated PressAs Trump abandons Kurds, Israel worries how dependable he is  The Associated Press

Israeli Arabs make plain Israelís identity - The Christian Science MonitorIsraeli Arabs make plain Israelís identity  The Christian Science Monitor

Israelís First Prime Minister Was Complicated. So Is This Book About His Life. - The New York TimesIsraelís First Prime Minister Was Complicated. So Is This Book About His Life.  The New York Times

Israel's political deadlock leaves Trump's Middle East peace plan in limbo - CNBCIsrael's political deadlock leaves Trump's Middle East peace plan in limbo  CNBC

Emissions free and pollution free: Israel unveils massive solar power plant - YnetnewsEmissions free and pollution free: Israel unveils massive solar power plant  Ynetnews

'You live in fear if you want to say something about Israel' - Al Jazeera English'You live in fear if you want to say something about Israel'  Al Jazeera English

Israel uneasy over Trump's refusal to stand by Kurds - ReutersIsrael uneasy over Trump's refusal to stand by Kurds  Reuters

Road accidents in Israel: chronic problems - The Jerusalem PostRoad accidents in Israel: chronic problems  The Jerusalem Post

Iraqi cleric's backers chant against Israel as Shiites make Arbaeen pilgrimage - The Times of IsraelIraqi cleric's backers chant against Israel as Shiites make Arbaeen pilgrimage  The Times of Israel

A historic first? Israel's Arabs could lead parliamentary opposition - ReutersA historic first? Israel's Arabs could lead parliamentary opposition  Reuters

This Israeli illustrator has his own handmade tale - HaaretzThis Israeli illustrator has his own handmade tale  Haaretz

Global economic tensions slam Israel's diamond industry - The Times of IsraelGlobal economic tensions slam Israel's diamond industry  The Times of Israel

Mysterious UAE cyber firm luring ex-Israeli intel officers with astronomical salaries - HaaretzMysterious UAE cyber firm luring ex-Israeli intel officers with astronomical salaries  Haaretz

Why Israel's Promising 'Heavy Hammer' F-4 Super Phantom Never Made It - The National Interest OnlineWhy Israel's Promising 'Heavy Hammer' F-4 Super Phantom Never Made It  The National Interest Online

Russian hacker jailed in Israel calls for swap deal with Israeli held in Russia for drug charges - HaaretzRussian hacker jailed in Israel calls for swap deal with Israeli held in Russia for drug charges  Haaretz

The Trump administration's crackdown on campus criticism of Israel is Orwellian - The GuardianThe Trump administration's crackdown on campus criticism of Israel is Orwellian  The Guardian

McConnell rips Syria withdrawal as 'a strategic nightmare' - The Times of IsraelMcConnell rips Syria withdrawal as 'a strategic nightmare'  The Times of Israel

Israel's Supreme Court To Decide Whether To Deport American Human Rights Advocate - NPRIsrael's Supreme Court To Decide Whether To Deport American Human Rights Advocate  NPR

Pompeo meets Netanyahu in Israel - 7NEWSPompeo meets Netanyahu in Israel  7NEWS

Israel Folau reportedly tells Australian Christian Lobby he would 'absolutely' repeat anti-gay posts - The GuardianIsrael Folau reportedly tells Australian Christian Lobby he would 'absolutely' repeat anti-gay posts  The Guardian

Israelís historic Olympic baseball team has something new: Israeli citizens - The Washington PostIsraelís historic Olympic baseball team has something new: Israeli citizens  The Washington Post

Israel, Russia and the U.S. in a standoff over woman smuggling marijuana - Yahoo NewsIsrael, Russia and the U.S. in a standoff over woman smuggling marijuana  Yahoo News

The Israeli Arab town where digital nomads come to connect - HaaretzThe Israeli Arab town where digital nomads come to connect  Haaretz

Drone boats: Next big thing for Israelís defense sector? - HaaretzDrone boats: Next big thing for Israelís defense sector?  Haaretz

Iran Opens a Second Front Along Israelís Border - The Wall Street JournalIran Opens a Second Front Along Israelís Border  The Wall Street Journal

Balancing the accounts between Israel and Palestine | Op-eds - Gulf NewsBalancing the accounts between Israel and Palestine | Op-eds  Gulf News

Global climate change crisis: Best thing to ever happen to Israeli hasbara - HaaretzGlobal climate change crisis: Best thing to ever happen to Israeli hasbara  Haaretz

US Army Signals Israel's Iron Dome Isn't The Answer - Breaking DefenseUS Army Signals Israel's Iron Dome Isn't The Answer  Breaking Defense

Car accident therapy in Israel: Learning to cope before, after a crash - The Jerusalem PostCar accident therapy in Israel: Learning to cope before, after a crash  The Jerusalem Post

How Israel's post-truth elections sent a fact-checker into overdrive - The Times of IsraelHow Israel's post-truth elections sent a fact-checker into overdrive  The Times of Israel

Israel Has Israel's political left given up? - Al-MonitorIsrael Has Israel's political left given up?  Al-Monitor

Reservists: We, as Israelis and Jews, must not stand by - The Jerusalem PostReservists: We, as Israelis and Jews, must not stand by  The Jerusalem Post

Israel's Teva offering free drugs to settle U.S. opiods case - HaaretzIsrael's Teva offering free drugs to settle U.S. opiods case  Haaretz

Ancient Megalopolis Uncovered in Israel Was the 'New York City' of Its Time Period - NBC NewsAncient Megalopolis Uncovered in Israel Was the 'New York City' of Its Time Period  NBC News

Israel's Elbit sells over 1000 mini-drones to Southeast Asian country - DefenseNews.comIsrael's Elbit sells over 1000 mini-drones to Southeast Asian country  DefenseNews.com

Israel's struggle over Jewish identity - The WeekIsrael's struggle over Jewish identity  The Week

Israeli Apartheid Week on a South African Campus - Tablet MagazineIsraeli Apartheid Week on a South African Campus  Tablet Magazine

Israel's Netanyahu Tasked With Forming Next Government - NPRIsrael's Netanyahu Tasked With Forming Next Government  NPR

Iran and a dash of politics: Behind Israel's scramble to boost missile defenses - HaaretzIran and a dash of politics: Behind Israel's scramble to boost missile defenses  Haaretz

Three Nations That Tried Socialism and Rejected It - National ReviewThree Nations That Tried Socialism and Rejected It  National Review

Genesis: The story of creation, a message of diversity - The Jerusalem PostGenesis: The story of creation, a message of diversity  The Jerusalem Post

Israelís Arab community sees four murders within a day - HaaretzIsraelís Arab community sees four murders within a day  Haaretz

Netanyahuís Amazing Reversal: Election Loser to Presumptive Premier - The Indian ExpressNetanyahuís Amazing Reversal: Election Loser to Presumptive Premier  The Indian Express

Confronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos - The Times of IsraelConfronted by impeachment, Trump adds to the chaos  The Times of Israel

Mossad not what's seen in films, says Israeli ex-NSA in Bengaluru - Times of IndiaMossad not what's seen in films, says Israeli ex-NSA in Bengaluru  Times of India

Israel's latest fearsome national security threat: Yiddish - HaaretzIsrael's latest fearsome national security threat: Yiddish  Haaretz

'Israel's Ancient NYC': 5,000-Year-Old Megacity Unearthed by Archaeologists - News18'Israel's Ancient NYC': 5,000-Year-Old Megacity Unearthed by Archaeologists  News18

The problem isnít just Bibi: Itís the Bibism with which he has infected Israeli politics - HaaretzThe problem isnít just Bibi: Itís the Bibism with which he has infected Israeli politics  Haaretz

In first, Israeli company grows meat in space - The Times of IsraelIn first, Israeli company grows meat in space  The Times of Israel

Blast From the Past - Foreign PolicyBlast From the Past  Foreign Policy

The Minnesota Congresswoman Who Can Criticize Israel - HuffPostThe Minnesota Congresswoman Who Can Criticize Israel  HuffPost

A lesson from Weimar 1932: A third election could save Israel - HaaretzA lesson from Weimar 1932: A third election could save Israel  Haaretz

Israel poised to turn on Trump after Middle East withdrawal exposes 'chaotic' policy - Express.co.ukIsrael poised to turn on Trump after Middle East withdrawal exposes 'chaotic' policy  Express.co.uk