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Questions relating to the government or the politics of Israel

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Is criticism of Zionism legitimate or inherently anti-semitic? [closed]

Personally I have no problem with the idea of self determination for any ethnic or religious group, especially one that has suffered such historical persecution as Jewish people. But the problem is ...
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Did Netanyahu publicly criticize Soros (or at least his views)?

A Vox article seems to imply so: And just hours before the nation-state law was passed, Netanyahu met with Hungary’s far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Israel. The two have bonded over their ...
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Anti Zionism vs Pro-Zionism vs Non-Zionism

I have been trying to read and understand Non-Zionism, but i did not get that much out of Wikipedia. In wiki it is mentioned: Non-Zionism is the political stance of Jews who "were [or are] willing ...
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Has Israel interfered in US Elections?

According to a July 2018 Independent article, Noam Chomsky said that Israel interfered in US election(s): Veteran activist Noam Chomsky has accused Israel of “brazenly” interfering in US electoral ...
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What was the gender and racial breakdown of voting on the Israeli Statehood bill?

Recently, the Israeli Knesset passed a bill: according to Netanyahu and his coalition, affirming Israeli statehood; according to its detractors, promoting segregation and discrimination. Some on ...
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Embassies in Jerusalem [duplicate]

Now that several countries have moved their embassies to Israel's capital, I wonder exactly what the fuss was about. Was the theory that embassies in Jerusalem violate the policy of many countries to ...
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Pakistan's diplomatic relations with Israel

India has diplomatic relations with both Palestine and Israel. Pakistan has with Palestine but doesn't have any with Israel. Is it because Pakistan 1. doesn't want to (e.g. a notion that Israel is ...
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Why did four EU countries break the EU consensus over the US embassy in Jerusalem?

This article argues about four EU countries sending ambassadors to attend the official inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem: Breaking with European consensus, the ambassadors of four EU ...
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Has any Iranian leader accused the USA or Israel of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks after 2017?

In 2010 the sixth President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad offered 3 points explaining who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks at the United Nations. Video Here In point number 2 he suggests that ...
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What was the affiliation of the protesters killed in the Gaza protests?

During the recent protests in Gaza, 50 or more protesters were killed by the Israeli military. Israel's official position, as I understand it, is that the majority were members of Hamas or another ...
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What's the issue with Israeli Finance Ministry using the term “netto”?

I ran acorss a piece of news in a couple of Israeli russian language news sites, which seemed to boil down to a fact that someone in Israel sued either Finance Ministry, or Finance Minister Kahlon, ...
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Can Arab countries help Palestine to be free in the Palestine-Israel conflict? [closed]

Do Arab countries have the ability to help Palestine to be free - as it was before 1948 - in its war against israel like US do with israel?
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What did Israel offer Russia for cancelling the S-300 delivery to Syria

According to this link, Russia has cancelled its delivery of S-300 to Syria because of Israel's lobbying. But, I am curious, What is Israel offering Russian in return?
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Which countries are allies of Israel? Which countries are enemies of Israel? [closed]

Which countries are allies of Israel? Which countries are enemies of Israel? Which countries recognize Israel and which countries do not recognise Israel?
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Why did Egypt start the blockade of the Gaza Strip?

I would think that Egypt had more in common with the Palestinian people than Israel, since both Egypt and Palestinians are mostly Sunni Muslims. Why did Egypt start the blockade of the Gaza Strip, ...
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Is Israel a liberal democracy? [closed]

According to Freedom House and most trustworthy well respected institutions, Israel is considered a democracy. There are regular free and fair elections and the rule of law is enforced. ...
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How does one official know that a foreign country representative is the proper person to discuss some matters?

The Romanian Prime Minister’s visit to Israel triggered a serious political crisis in Romanian political life: Romania's president has slammed the country's prime minister for embarking on a ...
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Why doesn't Israel want an independent investigation of Gaza 2018 border events? [closed]

The official story is that there is a violent riot. And that the sniper acts appropriately (source) However, Israel refuses to allow independent investigators to corroborate the stories. Why does't ...
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Why has Israel not expelled Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning?

The US and more than 20 other countries have expelled Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. As of this writing, Israel has not expelled any Russian ...
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Why are Justin Trudeau and Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Bollywood actors?

Recently, Justin Trudeau and Benjamin Netanyahu met with Bollywood actors during their respective visits to India. Given that these meetings won't persuade Bollywood to make movies in Israel or ...
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Why is Poland's proposed Holocaust speech law so controversial?

From what I understood, the law focuses on 2 things: Calling death camps located in Nazi-occupied Poland "Polish death camps". Blaming Poland as a nation for the Holocaust. It seems only the second ...
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Does Britain have de jure authority over the West Bank and Gaza?

That is, did the British Mandate of Palestine legally end? Britain was granted a "mandate" over Palestine by the League of Nations from 1923, "until such time as [it is] able to stand alone". British ...
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Does the UN recognize the borders of the 1947 Palestine partition? Or the 1949 armistice borders? Or something else?

Israel controlled a larger area by the 1949 armistice than the 1947 partition envisioned. However, the 1949 armistice lines are now widely understood as delimiting "Israel Proper". Was Israeli ...
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Does moving the US embassy to Jerusalem make a three-state solution more likely?

Back in 2014, the top answer to the following question suggested that a "three-state solution" where Egypt annexes the Gaza Strip and Jordan the West Bank is not viable. Does it make sense for Jordan ...
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What real effect does today's UN vote to condemn the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital have?

The United States is still going to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, so what impact does today's (12/21/17) vote really have?
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Why neutral countries do not reject declarations of OIC? [closed]

While Trump's decision to recognize (or to stop postponing it) the Jerusalem (western part) as the capital of Israel could be described as controversial or not, EU countries, which position themselves ...
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Why are Jewish related places being targeted?

Places related to presumably non-Israeli, non-American Jews have been violently attacked subsequent to the Trump administration’s Jerusalem decision: in Europe a synagogue was firebombed and a kosher ...
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Does the government of Israel have an official position on the claimed territory?

According to Wikipedia: No Israeli legislation has defined the territory of Israel and no act specifically included East Jerusalem therein. Israel has territorial disputes, in particular on the ...
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What countries support US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

What countries support US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital (other than Israel)?
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Military aid Israel has received from the US

How much is the sum of military aid and economic assistance Israel has received from the United States, since it declared till now?
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On what basis do Western countries consider Israel a legitimate country? [closed]

I've always wondered why the UN considered Israel a legitimate country? The history is very clear, until 70 years ago they didn't exist.
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What are the disadvantages for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

Here, Alexei asks: "What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?" This is the opposite question: What are the disadvantages for the US in declaring Jerusalem as ...
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Has the USA explicitly recognized Israeli sovereignty in West Jerusalem?

This is a question about the period of 1948-2017 - up until, but not including, the presidency of Donald Trump. During this period, had the USA ever officially, explicitly, recognized West Jeruslaem ...
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What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

According to CNN, Trump has just recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital: President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US ...
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US media coverage of Dec. 2017 Israeli attack on Syria [closed]

Why is there no coverage of Dec. 2017 Israeli attack on Syria by the US media (except for UPI, VoA, RFERL, Newburgh Gazette and GKMen), according to Google News 11AM MDT, Dec. 2, 2017: Google News
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Saudi-Israel relations a reality? What are its potential effects? [closed]

There seems to be gathering rumours of an under-the-table, non-official alliance between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both fear the rise of Iran and Hizbulla and it would be logical that they work ...
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What are the projected changes in Knesset if electoral barrier is lowered from 3.25% to 2%?

There are reports that Israel's government is planning to change electoral barrier 3.25% to 2%. Theoretically, this could siphon influence from larger parties to smaller splinter parties (the example ...
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How does Israel's level of corruption compare that of the West?

Alon Ben-Meir, a senior fellow in the Center of Global Studies at New York University published an open letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu in the Huffington Post where he wrote: The corruption and ...
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Does Israel discriminate with voting rights of its non-Jewish citizens?

Given the charge of racial discrimination towards its non-Jewish citizens (for example this letter in the HP), does the state of Israel officially or unofficially discriminate in voting rights? And if ...
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What is the 'relevance' of this article by Uri Elitzer according to Ayelet Shaked?

Ayelat Shaked, is currently the Justice Minister in Netanyahus government; in June 2014 she published the following on her personal facebook page: This is an article by the late Uri Elitzur, which ...
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Did Mandatory power in Mandatory Palestine act 'prejudicially'?

The preamble in the British Mandate for Palestine has the following: ... Whereas the Principal Allied Powers have also agreed that the Mandatory should be responsible for putting into effect the ...
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Why haven't the property of present-absentees not been returned?

In the essay, Israel-Palestine & the Aparthied analogy: critics, apologists & strategic lessons by Ran Greenstein, associate professor in the university of Witwatersrand, he writes: First, ...
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Why has Israel not acknowledged or denied its nuclear weapons?

Looking at the map in the upper-right of this Wikipedia article, I see that Israel is the only country in the category "states presumed to have nuclear weapons": Israel is also widely known to have ...
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Why did Saudi prince visit Israel? [closed]

There have been reports of Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman going on a secret visit to Israel. What can be the reasons behind it?
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Why did Israel prefer to finance kibbutzim using banks instead of subsidies or other forms of support?

According to Wikipedia dedicated article, Kibbutz crisis was: an acute economic crisis many of the kibbutzim in Israel experienced during the 1980s and that many still experience today However, ...
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What did Ehud Olmert mean by these statements on a two state solution for Israel? [duplicate]

In the book of essays edited by Akeel Bilgrami which explores the notion of academic freedom, and is titled Who's Afraid of Academic Freedom, John Meirshiemer in the essay Israel and Academic Freedom ...
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Does China still import defense tech and products from Israel?

As we know, China was a prominent customer of Israeli defense products during the 1990s. Does China still import defense tech or finished products from Israel? What is the latest trend?
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Is Donald Trump's May 2017 trip the first time a US president arrives in Saudi Arabia before Israel?

For his first foreign trip, Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia. Then, he goes to Israel. Is this the first time that a US president arrives in Saudi Arabia before Israel?
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What did we learn about Trump's strategy to achieve peace in the Middle East after his May 2017 visit to Israel and Palestine? [closed]

Trump famously declared that he is the one to bring peace to the Middle East region. He recently visited Israel and Palestine, meeting with Netanjahu and Abbas. Did he mention the peace process ...
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Why doesn't Israel join EU's Single Market? [closed]

The reason why Israel can't join the EU is because they're not geographically located in Europe. However I don't understand why Israel can't join the European Single Market, similar to the situation ...