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Why hasn't Israel imposed sanctions on Russia?

As stated by Jake Sullivan, a main goal of the US in the current Ukraine war is to "weaken and isolate Russia". Considering that the US has been a major and frequently sole ally of Israel on ...
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Why has president Erdogan suddenly decided to mend relations with Israel? [closed]

Why has president Erdogan suddenly decided to mend relations with Israel? What kind of advantage is he looking for? Is he looking for a favor from the USA or assistance from Israel's defense industry? ...
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Does Israel offer relocation or compensation to evicted Palestinians?

The state of Israel frequently evicts Palestinians from areas it occupies, in particular in East Jerusalem or in the West Bank, usually on the basis of laws which favour Jewish settlers. In ...
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What is the relationship between Zionism and contemporary Israel and its politics? [closed]

Pursuant to a political philosophy question regarding the views of Gilles Deleuze on Philosophy SE here: How is the 'central fiction' of Zionism to be understood politically?, it bears worth asking ...
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Why did Arafat/the Palestinian leadership accept terms of the Oslo Accords that seemed to make it hard to achieve Palestinian sovereignty?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnelcDyxA00&t=1579s I am referring to this lecture. Mehran Kamrava claims that the terms of the Peace agreement were so skewed that it made Palestine statehood ...
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What triggered the current wave of Palestinian terrorism in Israel?

Israel is currently experiencing a wave of Palestinian/Islamic terror which it had not seen "in many years" - with three shooting attacks and one stabbing attack in less than 2 weeks. (...
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On which basis does Israel designate NGOs as terrorist organizations?

Recently Israel designated several human rights NGOs as terrorist organizations. The six organizations are alleged to have links to the PFLP: The Israeli defence ministry said they were linked to the ...
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How does Israel decide what DNA is Jewish?

When a person claims to be ethnically Jewish and wants to make Aliyah Israel's immigration authorities may request a DNA test. See this and this. However I cannot find the details of how it is decided ...
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How do vaccination rates compare between Israelis vs Palestinians in Israel?

Much has been made of the high and effective levels of vaccination in Israel - which has been seen as a lead country in the battle against Covid. How do these levels vary between Israelis and ...
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Has anyone other than Rashida Tlaib called Israel an Apartheid regime in Congress?

In the recent legislation that granted Israel $1 billion of military aid for their Iron Dome defensive system and that passed in Congress, Rashida Tlaib, the US representative for the 13th ...
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To what extent has the Pegasus spyware been used by Israeli covert services?

The Wikipedia article on the Pegasus spyware, which had been developed in Israel, details a number of governments - such as Bahrain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia as well as a Mexican drug cartel that have ...
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How were US progressives able to deny Israel a billion dollars of funding for their Iron Dome, and is this the first time?

Recently, a cohort of US progressives - all Democrats and including the Squad - were able to deny a billion dollars of funding for Israel's Iron Dome. Even if, as The Washington Times claims, a ...
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Why doesn't the world compel Israel to join the NPT?

According to many sources, including Reuters, Israel is not a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), why does no one make Israel join, while they have nukes; but all of the pressure is on Iran ...
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Why are the Taliban unwilling to establish a diplomatic relationship with Israel?

https://www.timesofisrael.com/taliban-willing-to-establish-relations-with-all-nations-except-israel/ “Yes, of course, in a new chapter if America wants to have a relation with us, which could be in ...
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What are downsides of Israel's starting war on Iran? [closed]

Influenced by this question, now been deleted. In that question its author in rude and abusive form asked about why Israel still not bombing Iran. I wonder what downsides (other than massacring ...
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What is the opinion of Israeli Arabs on the Palestinian question?

According to Wikipedia, somewhere around 21% of Israels population is of Arab roots. Are there any polls available on what their opinion is on what should be done in regards to Palestine? I.e. do they ...
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Why does Ben and Jerry's boycott of the occupied territories further BDS's cause?

Ben and Jerry's is an ice cream company known for taking controversial stances. It recently announced that it will stop selling ice cream in Israeli occupied areas like Palestine. This seems very ...
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Why did Naftali Bennett become Prime Minister of Israel, as opposed to any other party leader, but only for 2 years?

Sorry that this is technically two questions, but they feel inextricably linked to me. A 60-59 vote (due to one abstension in the 120-member Knesset) voted for formation of the 36th government, in a ...
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Has Bennett (Israeli prime minister) said what his stance on Palestine is?

There was a new PM of Israel sworn in recently, and one of the most internationally important issues regarding Israel is them & Palestine. Has Bennett said his stance on Palestine?
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How was a government formed in Israel with only 60 supporting votes, rather than 61?

It was long communicated that at least 61 votes are required for the confirmation of the Israeli government. In the end, it appears that 60 votes were sufficient - according to the BBC: "The new ...
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Why is the Trump wall more expensive than the Egypt-Israel barrier?

Numerous sources suggest the Egypt-Israel barrier cost about US $3m per mile when it was built in 2010-2013, and another 2% of that amount per year to maintain (wiki, Homeland Security report). ...
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Why has no party ever won a majority in Israel?

From this answer on this question (Emphasis mine): The change in leadership, in this case, is coming about after an election. Legislative elections were held in March 2021, but no party reached the ...
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Is Israel prejudiced against Jews that are atheists?

From this answer, (emphasis added by me) Whether a Jew can cease being Jewish is a controversial topic. In the eyes of the Israeli state it is possible, but probably requires a religious conversion. ...
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Is the Israeli police and justice system discriminatory?

This article in The Intercept says that the police response to the recent surge of violence in Israel has been "almost exclusively" against Palestinians (Israeli Arabs), even though "...
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Is "Nation-State of the Jewish People" exclusionary on race or religion?

Israel has its constitution set out in its "Basic Laws". It would seem to me that Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People which states, "Israel as the Nation-State ...
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Was there any country in the West that accepted Israel because of US diplomatic pressure?

By West, I mean, countries that have the majority of the population are of European descent, no matter in which part of the world the country is located. Did they all establish diplomatic tires ...
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How does Israel change its leaders without an election?

How does the Israel Constitution work in relation to the forming of a government? According to the Washington Post and the Times of Israel, Yair Lapid is supposedly creating a new government, and ...
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Why doesn't US recognize Palestine as a separate state?

What is the reason for US not even recognizing the State of Palestine? I would understand if it vetos resolutions that favour Palestine - but I can't comprehend why it doesn't recognize it as a ...
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Why is the U.S. turning a blind eye to Israel's nukes?

SEOUL — South Korea can now develop ballistic missiles capable of reaching targets far beyond the Korean Peninsula, following the United States’ approval to lift a 42-year-old restriction on its ally’...
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What is the EU official position on Israeli settlements beyond the 1967 border?

Yesterday the Irish parliament voted to officially "condemn the ‘de facto annexation’ of Palestinian land by Israel". The Guardian says: Ireland’s parliament has voted to condemn Israel’s “...
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How many Congressional Democrats support a one-state solution?

I think it’s fair to say that most mainstream Democrats and Republicans favor a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine issue. There are some who have a position to the right of this, namely that ...
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What are the exact terms of the recent Israeli-Palestinian cease fire?

Israel and the Hamas government of Gaza (or perhaps the Hamas movement?) have recently agreed to a cease fire. But - what are the exact terms? Is there a text of that available somewhere? Specifically,...
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Why does Hamas choose violence over peaceful means?

What does Hamas realistically think it can achieve by continuing to use violence against Israel? It seems to me that if the Palestinians engaged in peaceful deliberations they would have achieved ...
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How do Palestinian schools teach about the Holocaust?

How do schools in Palestine (at least those controlled by the Palestinian government) teach about the events of the Holocaust? What do their official textbooks say on the subject? Mirror question: How ...
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How has the Israeli right responded to Trump's failure to condemn Nazis?

I'm sure left-wing Israelis don't like Trump, so I'm more curious about Israelis on the political right. Trump has supported the goals of the Israeli right, such as an undivided Jerusalem, recognition ...
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Why does the US block a UN statement calling for violence to stop in the Palestine-Israel conflict?

The US is blocking* what seems to be a simple statement asking both parties to stop violence: The United States has today blocked - for the third time in a week - the adoption of a joint UN Security ...
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Does the BDS movement advocate sanctions against the United States?

The BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement is a campaign started by the Palestinian BDS National Committee. Its primary stated goal is to put economic pressure on Israel to oblige it to ...
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Why does the U.S. send foreign aid to Palestine at all?

A question on this site stated that the average amount of money being sent to Palestine by the USA is around $500M/year in aid. My question is why is the USA sending Palestine any foreign aid money at ...
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What countries are calling for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas?

Because of the ongoing hostilities between Israel and Hamas, multiple countries have said they are interested in making a peace treaty. What countries have called for the hostilities to stop? To ...
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Has the Palestinian Authority issued some official statement on the situation in May 2021?

Has the Palestinian Authority (PA) issued some official statement about the current situation? In particular, Hamas et al's rocket attacks on Israel? Google didn't return anything (although it was ...
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Why has the Israel-Palestine conflict reignited in May 2021?

I have been hearing on the news that Gaza is under attack. I understand that this is a hot topic. I want to know why Gaza is being attacked now (May 2021), who is attacking, and what they want.
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Why do Republicans consistently talk about standing with Israel? [duplicate]

I have heard on the news many times that Republicans are promoting themselves as pro-Israel, while painting Democrats as weak on Israel. I wonder, why Republicans, who generally lack Jewish support, ...
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Is Russia able to influence Israel?

Is Russia able to influence the affairs of Israeli politics and foreign policy through the Russian immigrants in Israel?
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Has the Israeli supreme court ever come to a decision that can be seen as pro-Palestine or pro-Arab/anti-Israel/-Jew?

Has the Israeli supreme court ever come to a decision that can be seen as pro-Palestine or pro-Arab/anti-Israel/-Jew? I have heard proponents of the Palestine/Arab side claim the Israeli supreme court ...
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What is the USA's role in Israel's tech capability?

We have to admit that Israel is a tiny country with a huge punch when it comes to technology. However, did they grow this capability from scratch by themselves or it is built on or borrowed from, or ...
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Where and how does Hamas obtain the technology and raw material for rockets?

'Ayyash 250' rockets 1,000 rockets fired towards Israel It must be almost impossible to obtain raw materials for building 1000 rockets given the situation Hamas lives in. I mean, continuous ...
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Why doesn't Gaza become Egypt? [duplicate]

It seems to me as feasible for Gaza to become part of Egypt as they share the same language, culture, and religion. In turn, Egypt would assume responsibility to control tendencies to attack Israel ...
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Why doesn't the world help Israel fight against Hamas? [closed]

in the last two days Israel has been in "Operation Wall Guard". In the crisis that caused this "operation", Hamas has launched more than a thousand rockets towards Israeli cities. ...
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Why doesn't the US condition aid to Israel to force it negotiate over the Israeli-Palestine Conflict?

US military assistance to Israel dates back to 1962 when President Johnson decided to sell anti-aircraft missiles to them. Since then, the US has given Israel $110 billion of military aid. This makes ...
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Which Israeli Banks has NZ Super-Annuation Fund divested from due to their support for settlement activity on the Occupied Territories?

The NZ Super-Annuation Fund (the state pension fund in New Zealand) has recently divested from five Israeli banks due to their support for settlement activity in the Occupied Territories. Which five ...
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