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How many Americans support leveling Gaza?

This is from Oct 11, but oddly of [perhaps more] relevance [these days]: “Level the place!” the senator said of Gaza in a Fox News interview in mid-October. He appeared to say it was okay to attack ...
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Why are the IDF instituting humanitarian pauses against Netanyahu's wishes?

Yesterday, it was announced that the IDF would be introducing humanitarian pauses in fighting along one of the roads into Rafah, to allow more aid to flow into Gaza. What intrigues me about this is ...
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Israeli and the US visions for Gaza future [closed]

Is there convergence between the Israeli and the US visions for the future of Gaza? It seems that the conflict in Gaza nears its end, as the Palestinian fighters surrender by hundreds (see here and ...
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Why do Republicans consistently talk about standing with Israel?

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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Why does Egypt want Israel to withdraw from the Gazan side of the Rafah crossing?

Delegations from the United States and Israel end a meeting in Cairo aimed at discussing the reopening of the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt, according to Egypt’s al Qahera News TV. The network,...
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Why is Israel allowing the mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners in its hospitals?

According to whistleblowers speaking to the BBC, and a report published by Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, among many other descriptions: Patients at the Sde Teiman hospital are kept ...
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Why does the Israeli-Palestinian conflict receive so much media coverage?

In terms of casualties at least, the conflict isn't that important - there were around twice as many casualties in the last year due to the ongoing Somalian civil war as Israeli casualties in the last ...
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What was the Rabin's offer to Mubarak regarding Gaza?

Shafiq Al-Hout in My Life in the PLO: The Inside Story of the Palestinian Struggle describes the following episode: Our meetings had become more like social get-togethers than serious political ...
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What is the U.N. Report on Children and Armed Conflict and how does it affect Israel which was recently added?

According to the Times Of Israel, the UN has added Israel to the ‘list of shame’ for alleged rights violations against children during war. The article claims that the 'list' is attached to an annual ...
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How many hostages has Israel freed through direct military operations (rather than negotiations) after Oct. 7?

I haven't followed the war that closely in the past couple of months. I understand Israel now controls, or at least completely surrounded most cities in Gaza, except Rafah, and they are preparing to ...
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Are there any organizations calling for restoration of Americas to the native american peoples? [duplicate]

The criticism of Israel on US university campuses is often ideologically grounded in anti-colonialist discourse. E.g., Columbia University Palestinian-American professor Rashid Khalidi is one of the ...
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Why are Israeli activists/vigilantes who are blocking aid from reaching Gaza not being stopped by police?

According to the BBC, Israeli activists/vigilantes (as worded in the article) are attacking aid lorries, questioning and attacking unrelated road users, clashing with pro-aid activists, and operating ...
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How much support does a ground offensive in Lebanon have among the Israeli public?

Israeli forces and Hezbollah have been trading blows across the border for months now. The Israeli government appears to be under some political pressure to gain the upper hand and ensure the return ...
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What's the point of Israel doing some astroturfing in the US, when there are plenty of US citizens and US lobby groups willing to support it anyway?

The NYT reports: The campaign began in October and remains active on the platform X. At its peak, it used hundreds of fake accounts that posed as real Americans on X, Facebook and Instagram to post ...
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Have any Western countries issued statements in support of South Africa for its actions against Israel?

South Africa’s request for an interim measure by the international court of justice to prevent Israel from committing acts of potential genocide – primarily by calling for a halt to combat operations –...
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How is the IDF taking over the Philadelphi Corridor a violation of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty?

From news earlier this year: Diaa Rashwan, head of the Egypt’s official public relations office, the State Information Service (SIS), issued a stern warning that any “occupation” of the Philadelphi ...
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Origin of the Agreed Activities Mechanism between Israel and Egypt

Wikipedia and some Israeli newspapers say that there's an "Agreed Activities Mechanism" part of the 1979 Treaty between Egypt and Israel. E.g. The meeting was held under the auspices of the ...
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Does the Association Agreement force any deadline on Israel to comply with its human rights and democratic principles?

European Union foreign ministers unanimously agreed on Monday to call for an Association Council with Israel to discuss the country's compliance with its human rights obligations under the EU-Israel ...
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How many rockets have Palestinian groups launched into Israel since 2001? Wikipedia only goes to 2014

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel Since then (August 2014 data), almost 20,000 rockets have hit southern Israel 2014! That is ten years ago! Where can I ...
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Have any (other) countries declared parts of the UN terrorist groups?

AP: Qatar and Saudi Arabia on Sunday condemned an Israeli parliamentary bill that seeks to label UNRWA, the main provider of aid for Palestinians in Gaza, a terrorist group, joining a growing number ...
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Does Mexico joining the genocide case filed by South Africa against Israel hurt Israel in any significant way?

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) yesterday announced that it had received a request from Mexico to join the genocide case filed by South Africa against Israel due to the war on the Gaza Strip. ...
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How prevalent is profound criticism of Israel among Israelis?

A June 2023 piece in Jewish Currents discusses a number of polls which measure the extent of criticism of Israel's existence and/or its relation to Palestine within the Jewish population of the United ...
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Are there any pro-Israel/anti-Palestinian conspiracy theories?

Palestinians and self-proclaimed "Palestinian supporters" routinely engage in conspiracy theories about Israel or downplaying/denying the actions by terrorist groups like Hamas (e.g., the ...
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Does recognizing the State of Palestine facilitate doing business with it?

Is it easier for the countries that have officially recognized the State of Palestine to do business with it? I don't mean favoritism or political payback for recognition, but purely formal/legal ...
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Why didn’t the ICC issue an arrest warrant for Bashar al-Assad?

Bashar al-Assad, who has been the President of Syria since the year 2000, has been credibly accused of mass murder of Syrian civilians including through the use of chemical weapons. The reasons given ...
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Is Israeli and Palestinian natural gas sold anywhere beyond the Middle East?

Is the gas developed in Israeli and Palestinian offshore gas fields sold anywhere beyond the Middle East? As far as I know, Egypt and Jordan are the main buyers of the Israeli gas (and the Palestinian ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

According to the BBC: Israel's government has moved to shut down the operations of the Al Jazeera television network in the country, branding it a mouthpiece for Hamas. Prime Minister Benjamin ...
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How much do Americans know about Palestinians and Palestine?

According to Ynetnews: But the huge noise of these protests obscures the truth: Most Americans aren’t antisemitic, certainly not Hamas supporters. Many of them, from the East Coast to California, don’...
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Was Palestinian authority asked to clarify its stance on October 7 attacks, prior to its recognition by Spain, Ireland and others? [closed]

Several European countries are about to recognize the Palestinian state on May 21 (or soon after that date). The official representative of the Palestinian people is Palestinian Authority. While Hamas,...
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Why does Israel prefer Egypt as a mediator over Qatar?

After the Egyptians came back from Israel and conferred with Hamas, it became clear the group wouldn’t go along with what Israel was agreeing to, one of the sources said. So the Egyptian official made ...
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Examples of military operations that Israel could have followed after October 7?

Many of those who have little tolerance for Hamas, or even agree that it should be dismantled, still disagree with the way Israel is doing it. While the shortcomings/evils of the Israeli actions in ...
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What reasons has Israel given for limiting food supplies to Gaza?

According to the UN special rapporteur on the right to food Michael Fakhri: Israel is intentionally starving Palestinians and should be held accountable for war crimes – and genocide, according to ...
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(Is it known) what, if anything, sparked the Columbia pro-Palestinian university encampment protest in mid-April specifically?

On April 17, 2024, the Columbia University pro-Palestinian campus protest began, shortly spreading to other universities in the United States. More recently they have spread abroad - where I am in the ...
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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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Which democratic countries / states don't recognise Israel de facto or de jure (the Economist democracy Index)?

Re the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish nation, what are the countries that deny Israel either de facto or de jure and are democracies, defined by being at least 6.00+ on the economist democracy ...
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Which Democratic members of Congress continue to support US military aid to Israel?

A Politico article from April 4th, "A blinking red light for Israel in American politics", opens with the observation that US leadership is "nearly" out of patience. The Politico ...
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Understanding the exact legal procedure by which the U.S. government provides military funding to Israel?

I have done a little preliminary research which I would like fact-checked. The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 laid out the rights and limitations the government has for providing foreign aid, ...
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Have some colleges shown tendency to meet the demands of protesters other than Trinity College?

Trinity College Dublin agreed to divest from Israeli firms acquiescing to the demands of the students' protest. It was the first college to meet such demands after college protests broke out across ...
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Why would the ICC need to issue an arrest warrant against Netanyahu to investigate Israel's alleged war crimes?

Setting aside the question of whether Israel is or is not guilty of war crimes, why would the ICC need to have Netanyahu in their custody in order to investigate the allegations against Israel? As per ...
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Are the threats made by members of the USA's Senate to the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor an abuse of power?

A number of United States senators have signed a letter accusing the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, of politicised attack on Israel as an excuse for issuing arrest ...
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What is the state of domestic Israeli opposition to the - alleged - Israeli interference to aid supply in Gaza?

We've recently - March 2024 - seen numerous Western government leaders, normally pro-Israel, express alarm at the food situation in Gaza. The World Bank (no, not one of those mistrusted-by-Israel UN ...
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What alternatives to a two-state solution have members of the Israeli Right proposed?

Liberal political blogger Josh Marshall just wrote a blog post discussing the recent U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements, but he starts off by discussing the viability of long-term ...
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Why did Israel invade the Gaza strip from the north and not the south?

Given Israel's stated goal in the war is destruction of Hamas, why did they attack the Gaza strip from the North instead of from the South? The latter seems more sensible since taking Rafah first ...
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Did Israeli officials confirm any sort of attack directly on Iranian territory?

BBC has this: But in Israel there was criticism over the limited scope of the attack. The far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, posted on social media one word: "Lame." The ...
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Why doesn't Israel withdraw from the territories occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967?

United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 asks for "withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict" (meaning the 1967 war). Many international ...
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Based on the current/planned cost of the war, is Israel able to sustain the war in Gaza without extra aid from United States?

I wonder based on the current economic situation of Israel, if it could sustain the war against Hamas by itself without external aid. It is reported that the United States committed over $3.3 billion ...
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Why did 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 UN Security Council voting 14-0 to condemn Israeli settlements have binding consequences for Israel?

The UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334 (2016) 14-0 condemning the construction of Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The resolution called continuing construction in the ...
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How common is it among Israelis or the supporters of Israel to deny the existence of local population in Palestine prior to Zionist immigration?

A much upvoted comment to a recent question (+19 at the moment of writing) claims that: [...] it is very frequent that pro-Israel people downplay the existence of a local population. That's hardly ...
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How would arrest warrants by the ICC affect Israeli government officials and high-ranked military personnel?

Fear is growing in Israel regarding the possibility of the issuing of arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister ...

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