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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Washington reacts to recent wave of rocket attacks in Israel - The Jerusalem Post
  1. Washington reacts to recent wave of rocket attacks in Israel  The Jerusalem Post
  2. Live updates: Islamic Jihad sources in Gaza announce cease-fire with Israel  Haaretz
  3. Shaky ceasefire holds between Islamic Jihad, Israel in Gaza  Al Jazeera English
  4. Israel and Palestinians exchange rocket fire after border clash  Financial Times
  5. Israel-Gaza sees surge of cross-border violence  BBC News
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Virus could cost Israeli economy NIS 14 billion, officials warn - The Times of IsraelVirus could cost Israeli economy NIS 14 billion, officials warn  The Times of Israel

Sanders accuses pro-Israel group of giving platform to 'bigotry' - Al Jazeera EnglishSanders accuses pro-Israel group of giving platform to 'bigotry'  Al Jazeera English

UN Reiterates Support for 2-State Israel-Palestine Solution - The New York TimesUN Reiterates Support for 2-State Israel-Palestine Solution  The New York Times

Israel government issues tenders for Jerusalem neighborhood, ending building freeze - HaaretzIsrael government issues tenders for Jerusalem neighborhood, ending building freeze  Haaretz

Welcome to the coronavirus state of Israel and its standstill economy - HaaretzWelcome to the coronavirus state of Israel and its standstill economy  Haaretz

Merkel again permits Iranian protest calling for Israel’s destruction - The Jerusalem PostMerkel again permits Iranian protest calling for Israel’s destruction  The Jerusalem Post

"Israel is my family" Border Police Woman says after being stabbed - The Jerusalem Post"Israel is my family" Border Police Woman says after being stabbed  The Jerusalem Post

Israel’s natural gas won’t be the bonanza we had been promised - HaaretzIsrael’s natural gas won’t be the bonanza we had been promised  Haaretz

Israel suddenly discovers imported Coca-Cola isn’t kosher - HaaretzIsrael suddenly discovers imported Coca-Cola isn’t kosher  Haaretz

Netanyahu: No need to postpone election over coronavirus - HaaretzNetanyahu: No need to postpone election over coronavirus  Haaretz

Israel promotes procedures allowing it to press civil suits against Jewish terrorists - HaaretzIsrael promotes procedures allowing it to press civil suits against Jewish terrorists  Haaretz

An Anglo vision for Israel's third elections - The Jerusalem PostAn Anglo vision for Israel's third elections  The Jerusalem Post

Israel Israel needs narrow government, not national unity - Al-MonitorIsrael Israel needs narrow government, not national unity  Al-Monitor

Welcome to Mount Hermon, Israel's only ski mountain. It shuts down when it snows. - JTA NewsWelcome to Mount Hermon, Israel's only ski mountain. It shuts down when it snows.  JTA News

3,000-year-old Canaanite temple discovered in buried city in Israel - Livescience.com3,000-year-old Canaanite temple discovered in buried city in Israel  Livescience.com

Israel conceals data on gas exports to Egypt and Jordan - HaaretzIsrael conceals data on gas exports to Egypt and Jordan  Haaretz

Israel's attorney general flip flops to back prosecutor in Gantz probe - HaaretzIsrael's attorney general flip flops to back prosecutor in Gantz probe  Haaretz

National water project faces changes: Inside the efforts to refill Israel's dwindling Lake Kinneret - HaaretzNational water project faces changes: Inside the efforts to refill Israel's dwindling Lake Kinneret  Haaretz

In first, Saudi king hosts Israeli rabbi at royal palace - The Times of IsraelIn first, Saudi king hosts Israeli rabbi at royal palace  The Times of Israel

An Arab Israeli artist finds home inside a suitcase - HaaretzAn Arab Israeli artist finds home inside a suitcase  Haaretz

Israel issues travel warning for Italy, weighs quarantine for returnees - The Times of IsraelIsrael issues travel warning for Italy, weighs quarantine for returnees  The Times of Israel

Coronavirus inflames Israel's endemic, dehumanizing anti-Asian racism problem - HaaretzCoronavirus inflames Israel's endemic, dehumanizing anti-Asian racism problem  Haaretz

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in Jerusalem after alleged attack - Al Jazeera EnglishIsraeli forces kill Palestinian in Jerusalem after alleged attack  Al Jazeera English

How will the US Middle East plan impact the Israeli election? - Al Jazeera EnglishHow will the US Middle East plan impact the Israeli election?  Al Jazeera English

Israel's Prime Minister To Explore Marijuana Legalization - ReasonIsrael's Prime Minister To Explore Marijuana Legalization  Reason

Quentin Tarantino and Israeli wife welcome baby boy in Tel Aviv - The Times of IsraelQuentin Tarantino and Israeli wife welcome baby boy in Tel Aviv  The Times of Israel

Israel Is Eager To Annex West Bank Lands, But U.S. Says To Wait - NPRIsrael Is Eager To Annex West Bank Lands, But U.S. Says To Wait  NPR

First Israeli nonprofit bank to provide life-changing loans as a 'national mission' - JNS.orgFirst Israeli nonprofit bank to provide life-changing loans as a 'national mission'  JNS.org

Israel is obscuring the truth about Gaza and ignoring the warning signs - HaaretzIsrael is obscuring the truth about Gaza and ignoring the warning signs  Haaretz

Israeli high court freezes election-eve probe linked to case of Ethiopian teen slaying - HaaretzIsraeli high court freezes election-eve probe linked to case of Ethiopian teen slaying  Haaretz

Israel’s actions against coronavirus: Radical or responsible? – analysis - The Jerusalem PostIsrael’s actions against coronavirus: Radical or responsible? – analysis  The Jerusalem Post

Pro-Palestinian activist: Belgium rescinded my UN invite after Israeli pressure - The Times of IsraelPro-Palestinian activist: Belgium rescinded my UN invite after Israeli pressure  The Times of Israel

Democrats confident tough-on-Israel Bernie Sanders won't cost party Jewish votes - Washington ExaminerDemocrats confident tough-on-Israel Bernie Sanders won't cost party Jewish votes  Washington Examiner

Next Week and the Future of Bipartisan Support for Israel - MosaicNext Week and the Future of Bipartisan Support for Israel  Mosaic

Netanyahu trial to begin on 17 March, says Israeli court - The GuardianNetanyahu trial to begin on 17 March, says Israeli court  The Guardian

Controversial Israeli historian Benny Morris sounds off in Bay Area - The Jewish News of Northern CaliforniaControversial Israeli historian Benny Morris sounds off in Bay Area  The Jewish News of Northern California

Jerusalem: Jordan condemns Israeli Western Wall railway plan - BBC NewsJerusalem: Jordan condemns Israeli Western Wall railway plan  BBC News

With eight days to go to Israel's election, Likud, Kahol Lavan vie for ‘soft right’ - HaaretzWith eight days to go to Israel's election, Likud, Kahol Lavan vie for ‘soft right’  Haaretz

In the Heart of Israel’s ‘Start-up Nation,’ an Exclusive Scene Opens Up - The New York TimesIn the Heart of Israel’s ‘Start-up Nation,’ an Exclusive Scene Opens Up  The New York Times

Israel Puts Brakes on West Bank Annexation Plan - The New York TimesIsrael Puts Brakes on West Bank Annexation Plan  The New York Times

Shaky truce appears to take hold in Israel-Gaza rocket fighting - Yahoo NewsShaky truce appears to take hold in Israel-Gaza rocket fighting  Yahoo News

The 'double life' of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel - RFIThe 'double life' of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel  RFI

Hamas said to warn of rockets on Tel Aviv if Israel kills terror group's leaders - The Times of IsraelHamas said to warn of rockets on Tel Aviv if Israel kills terror group's leaders  The Times of Israel

Netanyahu says Israeli airliners now overflying Sudan - Al Jazeera EnglishNetanyahu says Israeli airliners now overflying Sudan  Al Jazeera English

Israeli police question left-wing activist Jonathan Pollak on suspicion of incitement to terror - HaaretzIsraeli police question left-wing activist Jonathan Pollak on suspicion of incitement to terror  Haaretz

Israel saved many American lives in Vietnam - Washington ExaminerIsrael saved many American lives in Vietnam  Washington Examiner

Only Israel’s Arabs can unite Israel’s Jews - HaaretzOnly Israel’s Arabs can unite Israel’s Jews  Haaretz

Hamas says Israel move to tighten blockade will increase tensions - Al Jazeera EnglishHamas says Israel move to tighten blockade will increase tensions  Al Jazeera English

Israel - Foreign Policy - The New York TimesIsrael - Foreign Policy  The New York Times

Sanders praised Cuba, spurned Israel group. If he’s the nominee, he just lost Florida | Opinion - Miami HeraldSanders praised Cuba, spurned Israel group. If he’s the nominee, he just lost Florida | Opinion  Miami Herald

Colum McCann Gives Voice to Grieving Fathers, One Israeli and One Palestinian - The New York TimesColum McCann Gives Voice to Grieving Fathers, One Israeli and One Palestinian  The New York Times

Israel team rider Rudy Barbier takes third in first stage of 2020 UAE Tour - The Jerusalem PostIsrael team rider Rudy Barbier takes third in first stage of 2020 UAE Tour  The Jerusalem Post

Israel's Enlivex reports drug could help COVID-19 patients - GlobesIsrael's Enlivex reports drug could help COVID-19 patients  Globes

February 24: ON THIS DAY in 1949, Israel, Egypt sign Holy Land Pact February 24 - Brooklyn Daily EagleFebruary 24: ON THIS DAY in 1949, Israel, Egypt sign Holy Land Pact February 24  Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Israeli president Rivlin lauds Aust spirit - The Canberra TimesIsraeli president Rivlin lauds Aust spirit  The Canberra Times

Israeli group plan Burning Man-like event in occupied West Bank - The GuardianIsraeli group plan Burning Man-like event in occupied West Bank  The Guardian

Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen as more troops deployed - Al Jazeera EnglishIsraeli forces kill Palestinian teen as more troops deployed  Al Jazeera English

Gilad Shalit, Israel’s Son, Is Getting Married - The New York TimesGilad Shalit, Israel’s Son, Is Getting Married  The New York Times

Israeli junior tennis team to launch exhibition tour through Palm Beach County this week - Palm Beach PostIsraeli junior tennis team to launch exhibition tour through Palm Beach County this week  Palm Beach Post

Trump Plan’s First Result: Israel Will Claim Sovereignty Over Part of West Bank - The New York TimesTrump Plan’s First Result: Israel Will Claim Sovereignty Over Part of West Bank  The New York Times

Palestinians slam Israel's West Bank power project: 'Meant to support settlements' - HaaretzPalestinians slam Israel's West Bank power project: 'Meant to support settlements'  Haaretz

Crossing Divides: The hostel promoting tourism to ease Israel's tensions - BBC NewsCrossing Divides: The hostel promoting tourism to ease Israel's tensions  BBC News

Israel’s new women’s party promises a ‘different kind of leadership’ - HaaretzIsrael’s new women’s party promises a ‘different kind of leadership’  Haaretz

UN lists 112 businesses linked to Israeli settlements - BBC NewsUN lists 112 businesses linked to Israeli settlements  BBC News

Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport ill-prepared for coronavirus, experts warn - HaaretzIsrael's Ben-Gurion Airport ill-prepared for coronavirus, experts warn  Haaretz

Israel's maturing cybersecurity startup ecosystem - TechCrunchIsrael's maturing cybersecurity startup ecosystem  TechCrunch

Hebrew-speaking Chinese reporter sways Israeli ‘hearts and minds’ - The Jerusalem PostHebrew-speaking Chinese reporter sways Israeli ‘hearts and minds’  The Jerusalem Post

Israel approves travel to Saudi under limited circumstances - Al Jazeera EnglishIsrael approves travel to Saudi under limited circumstances  Al Jazeera English

Disillusioned and angry, these Israeli Jews plan to vote for Arab party - HaaretzDisillusioned and angry, these Israeli Jews plan to vote for Arab party  Haaretz

Israeli Voters: Data of All 6.5 Million Voters Leaked - The New York TimesIsraeli Voters: Data of All 6.5 Million Voters Leaked  The New York Times

Israel rolls out new wartime plan to reform armed forces - DefenseNews.comIsrael rolls out new wartime plan to reform armed forces  DefenseNews.com

How Jewish American pedophiles hide from justice in Israel - CBS NewsHow Jewish American pedophiles hide from justice in Israel  CBS News

Israel's propaganda war waged through TV shows - Al Jazeera EnglishIsrael's propaganda war waged through TV shows  Al Jazeera English

In first, Israeli cycling team to compete in UAE race on Sunday - The Times of IsraelIn first, Israeli cycling team to compete in UAE race on Sunday  The Times of Israel

300 Israeli women march for 24 hours in support of agunot - The Jerusalem Post300 Israeli women march for 24 hours in support of agunot  The Jerusalem Post

To build a settler road, Israeli forces raze lands in north of West Bank - WAFA - Palestine News AgencyTo build a settler road, Israeli forces raze lands in north of West Bank  WAFA - Palestine News Agency

MP Steve McCabe is new parliamentary chair of Labour Friends of Israel - Jewish ChronicleMP Steve McCabe is new parliamentary chair of Labour Friends of Israel  Jewish Chronicle

Israel's Gantz vows to form government without Netanyahu - POLITICOIsrael's Gantz vows to form government without Netanyahu  POLITICO

Israeli strike in Syria kills two Islamic Jihad operatives after Gaza rocket barrage at south - HaaretzIsraeli strike in Syria kills two Islamic Jihad operatives after Gaza rocket barrage at south  Haaretz

Israel Israel's president warns: Security decisions are politically motivated - Al-MonitorIsrael Israel's president warns: Security decisions are politically motivated  Al-Monitor

Israelis from aboard ‘coronavrius cruise ship’ land in Israel - watch live - The Jerusalem PostIsraelis from aboard ‘coronavrius cruise ship’ land in Israel - watch live  The Jerusalem Post

Massive Israeli data leak is treasure trove for Iran intel. It can jeopardize Mossad and special ops - HaaretzMassive Israeli data leak is treasure trove for Iran intel. It can jeopardize Mossad and special ops  Haaretz

Deni Avdija scores 21 in Israel’s win over Romania - EurohoopsDeni Avdija scores 21 in Israel’s win over Romania  Eurohoops

Witnesses say Israeli policeman shot sponge-tipped bullet at 9-year-old Palestinian - HaaretzWitnesses say Israeli policeman shot sponge-tipped bullet at 9-year-old Palestinian  Haaretz

Far from her village, rare Bedouin feminist fights for Israeli women and peace - The Times of IsraelFar from her village, rare Bedouin feminist fights for Israeli women and peace  The Times of Israel

Palestinian woman tries to stab passers-by in suspected Jerusalem terror attack - The Times of IsraelPalestinian woman tries to stab passers-by in suspected Jerusalem terror attack  The Times of Israel

Israel's democracy: a systemic problem | The Interpreter - The InterpreterIsrael's democracy: a systemic problem | The Interpreter  The Interpreter

Siding with Israel, Germany says ICC has no jurisdiction in Palestinian territories - HaaretzSiding with Israel, Germany says ICC has no jurisdiction in Palestinian territories  Haaretz

Croatia, Belgium, Israel, Greece double victories, Sweden hands Turkey the upset - EurohoopsCroatia, Belgium, Israel, Greece double victories, Sweden hands Turkey the upset  Eurohoops

What about equality at military funerals? - HaaretzWhat about equality at military funerals?  Haaretz

Two weeks before Israel's election, parties focus on avoiding yet another stalemate - HaaretzTwo weeks before Israel's election, parties focus on avoiding yet another stalemate  Haaretz

Germany, Hungary tell ICC they support Israeli position against war crimes probe - The Times of IsraelGermany, Hungary tell ICC they support Israeli position against war crimes probe  The Times of Israel

Israeli actress: I left Al Pacino because he's old, plus he's stingy - The Times of IsraelIsraeli actress: I left Al Pacino because he's old, plus he's stingy  The Times of Israel

UN releases list of 112 companies with ties to Israeli settlements - HaaretzUN releases list of 112 companies with ties to Israeli settlements  Haaretz

Israel's first case of coronavirus found among newly returned cruise passengers - YnetnewsIsrael's first case of coronavirus found among newly returned cruise passengers  Ynetnews

Watch Israel's wild new laser weapon shoot drones out of sky - New York PostWatch Israel's wild new laser weapon shoot drones out of sky  New York Post

Israeli man killed in mid-air plane collision in Australia - The Times of IsraelIsraeli man killed in mid-air plane collision in Australia  The Times of Israel

Israel’s Netanyahu pushes to ‘normalise’ relations with Sudan - FRANCE 24 EnglishIsrael’s Netanyahu pushes to ‘normalise’ relations with Sudan  FRANCE 24 English

Meet the Israeli innovation that can put an end to plastic packaging - The Jerusalem PostMeet the Israeli innovation that can put an end to plastic packaging  The Jerusalem Post