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Why are the territories gained by Israel in 1967 not internationally recognized?

It seems that, prior to WWII, lands conquered in war were considered legitimately part of the winning state. After WWII, the international doctrine changed that territories acquired in an aggressive ...
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Why was the Israeli peace delegation to the UAE flown on an aircraft named after the site of a village from which Palestinians were evicted?

On August 31st, 2020, El Al flight 971 took off from Tel Aviv bound for Abu Dhabi. This picture of the aircraft used for the flight was widely circulated on social media: What struck me as odd is the ...
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What has Israel gained with the official diplomatic relations with UAE in the strategic defense area?

I know that politically and diplomatically Israel gained a lot with the UAE's new move toward normalizing the relations. What has Israel gained in the strategic defense area?
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Why has President Erdoğan threatened UAE when Turkey itself has diplomatic relations with Israel?

Turkey may recall ambassador in UAE, suspend diplomatic ties, Erdoğan says Why has President Erdoğan threatened the UAE when Turkey itself has diplomatic relations with Israel?
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Can the Israeli prime minister sign diplomatic deals in the interim period before a new government, after the Knesset dissolves?

Anyone who's been keeping up with global diplomatic-strategic news should know about the historic normalization deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The final signing of the deal is ...
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Why hasn't Israel signed the biological weapons convention?

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_parties_to_the_Biological_Weapons_Convention Refer to the section Non-signatory states Out of the 10 states listed there, the Ratification status of ...
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Why do the Palestinians in Gaza not declare an independent state?

The Palestinians want an independent state over the entire land of Israel, but cannot have it, as most of it is controlled by Israel. However, the Gaza strip has been abandoned by Israel over 15 years ...
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What is Blue and White's policy on the Arab rights in the (future) West Bank?

I'm interested in the Israeli party Blue and White's positions on the Palestinian freedom of movement Palestian freedom to vote to Knesset state subventions to Israeli settlements Do these positions ...
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Which Israeli city is recognized by other countries as its capital?

I'm not interested in the official Israeli view, which is Jerusalem. Do other countries have an official stance on which city they recognize as Israel's capital? As a side question, does the ...
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How long is the delay period for an Israeli prime minister's resignation?

Just recently, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein resigned to avoid having to call a vote on his own ouster (source - https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-defiance-of-high-court-order-edelstein-refuses-to-...
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Why doesn't Israel just conquer the Gaza strip and the west bank to get rid of Hezbollah? [duplicate]

So from what I understand Palestinian radicals shoot missiles to Israeli cities in Israel so I was wondering why doesn't Israel just conquer them. They clearly have the resources to take it over Syria ...
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What is the current Palestinian position on the right of return?

The latest proposal for a Palestine-Israel settlement seems not to be receiving a lot of enthusiasm from the Palestinian and Arab sides. Or from Europe either. In the past, there have been more ...
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How high is sympathy for Israel among Bolsonaro's supporters and/or Brazilian Evangelicals?

An article in Le Monde Diplomatique claims that: Like Trump, Bolsonaro is highly dependent on his nation’s politically powerful Evangelical community, and they are Israel one-hundred percenters. [.....
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Has there been a significant difference in sympathy for Israel between the public in Ireland and in the UK?

There's fairly lengthy article in Foreign Policy that attempts to explain why the Irish have been supportive of the Palestinian cause, actually its champions in Europe according to that article. The ...
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Is there a party in Europe whose supporters show a high degree of sympathy towards Israel?

I find this plot over time of US sympathy for Israel rather fascinating, especially when broken down by US party. One has to wonder how much of that is explained by "conflict extension" in recent ...
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Is there a sustained difference in public views on the Israel-Palestine issue between Europe and the US, and if so why?

I found an interesting YouGov poll from 2014: Is this a sustained trend over a longer period of time, echoed in other polls? If, so what explains the difference? (I would prefer if the latter issue ...
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Iranian telecommunication minister Nov. 2018 claim of an Israel cyber-attack

On November 2018, Iranian telecommunication minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi accused Israel of a failed cyberattack on its telecommunications infrastructure using "a new generation of [the] ...
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What is so bad about a bi-national one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? [closed]

Reality on the ground - Much of Israel is developed with cities and infrastructure. That is a fait accompli. That is not going anywhere. West Bank has Israeli and Palestinian settlements so ...
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Which Arab countries have explicitly stated they support Trump's peace plan for the Israel-Palestine issue?

In a BBC interview Palestinian PM Shtayyeh said that the presence of Arab countries' ambassadors when Trump announced his peace plan doesn't necessarily mean those countries endorse Trump's plan. So [...
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Why is it important for Israel that Palestine not be connected by land with Jordan?

Israel has endorsed Trump's map which gives the entire Jordan River valley to Israel - presumably to not have any landmass connecting Jordan and Palestine. Why is this so important for Israel? For ...
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Are there any examples of official Nazi glorification in the Ukraine?

Recently, the Israeli Foreign Ministery deployed protests against Ukraine's glorification of Nazis. Ukrainian officials responded that this is the inner dealings of the Ukraine. An official protest is ...
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Germany's Ladenschlussgesetz in comparison to Israel's business laws about the Sabbath

Currently in Israel, a big political question that stands is whether grocery stores or other businesses should be open on Saturday (Shabbat, holy day for a large portion of business owners). Currently,...
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Why is “Jews are more loyal to Israel than to their own country” antisemitic? [closed]

This news articles states that 25% of Europe is antisemitic. It uses a number of questions to determine this, some of which are seemingly innocuous: https://www.wsj.com/articles/one-in-four-europeans-...
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What are the implications of the shift of the US position on the legality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank?

The Secretary of State has just announced that the US no longer views the settlements as a breach of international law. What are the international implications of this decision? Is this a hot topic ...
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Which were the reasons/need for Israel's “Freedom Of Occupation” Basic Laws?

Israel has some "Basic Laws" that are considered to be a somewhat equivalent to a constitution. In 1994 the Knesset enacted the Freedom of Occupation Basic Law, which states: Every Israel national ...
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How can I follow the civil case against IDF former chief Gantz in the Netherlands?

Last month, a case began to be heard in the Hague - in a Dutch court, not an international court - against the former head of the Israeli military and now a prime-ministerial hopeful, Benjamin (Benny) ...
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Has Orrin Hatch elaborated on his vote against the Export Administration Act?

Only three senators voted against the Export Administration Act. He seemed to be supportive of Israel. He wanted to suspend the importation of steel, so it seems like he was not as supportive of ...
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What are the red lines for the Haredim and the Joint List? Is there any indication they could support the same government?

The (Arab) Joint List hints at the possibility of supporting a centre-left–ultra-Orthodox coalition. Such cooperation sounds quite exotic, and I understand that the offer comes from the Joint List's ...
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What happens if nobody can form a government in Israel?

It looks like nobody won a plurality in the latest round Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan is ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party, according to official election results released on ...
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Why did the Knesset vote to dissolve itself after Netanyahu failed to form a majority coalition?

After the latest Knesset (Israeli parliament) elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was given the first chance to try to form a coalition government. However, he failed to do so by the deadline:...
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Has a nation ever responded to a cyber attack (from a UN member state) by escalating to physical force?

A recent Washington Post headline reads in part "Israel responded to a Hamas cyberattack with an airstrike. ..." I'm looking for the first such historical instance of a physical response (an ...
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Why did Israel vote against lifting the American embargo on Cuba?

Every single country in the world except for the United States and Israel voted for the United States to end the embargo on Cuba. My question is, why Israel? Many of the nations on this list are ...
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How does Israel teach the Nakba, if at all? [closed]

How goes Israel go about teaching the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine after the end of Britain’s mandate?
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Has any of the top US media/press criticized the US president Mr. Trump for recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli lands?

The internationally recognized Syrian lands that is occupied by Israel, the Golan Heights has been recently recognized as Israeli lands by the US president Mr. Trump, I wonder how the major US press/...
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Are there parliamentary republics where Supreme Court appointments are decided exclusively by the Parliament and the government?

In Israel, many political figures on the right (among them outgoing Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked and Zehut party leader and parliamentary hopeful Moshe Feiglin) say that "all over the world" ...
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Electoral considerations aside, what are potential benefits, for the US, of policy changes proposed by the tweet recognizing Golan annexation?

I know we've come to expect unusual behavior from the present POTUS, but I really fail to understand the benefit for the US of recognizing Israel as owning the Golan Heights. For one thing, it ...
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Why is America politically allied with Israel?

Why, exactly, is the state of Israel and the United States of America so strongly connected to one another as political allies? What brings these two countries together?
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What are the differences between the Trump Adminstration's official position on the West Bank and previous administrations'?

What are the differences in official positions between the Trump administration and previous administrations regarding the status of the West Bank? Is the position of the Trump administration that it ...
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What actions can the Attorney-General take to clean up corrupt practises between the media & politics in Israel?

According to Haaretz, the Israeli Attorney-General, Avichai Mendelblit, has filed a corruption charge against sitting prime-minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They say that this may include charges of ...
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Why are right-wing politicians in the US typically pro-Israel?

In my understanding, generally, right-wing politicians are hard on immigration and foreign people in general. This typically goes well with anti-semitism, too. (See Nazis / Neo-Nazis). At least in the ...
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How exactly does a primary election in Israel (specifically Likud) work?

I've been trying to understand the exact mechanics of how primary elections in Likud party in Israel work. So far I'm on page 3 of Google search and nothing has a meaningful explanation, only details ...
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Legal basis of religion for Citizenship Amendment Bill

According to the website http://www.prsindia.org, about the Citizenship Amendment bill that India recently passed in Lok Sabha is states that The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make ...
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Why does Israel not have an energy producing nuclear power plant?

I think, in the case of such small countries, the existence of the peaceful nuclear energy production is probably more a political and not an economical question. It is because even a single power ...
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What is motivating the Australian government to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel's capital? [closed]

In a speech, Scott Morrison Australia current serving prime minister has been indicating that Australia will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually move the embassy there. ...
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How much aid has the United States given Israel compared to occupied Palestine?

Since Israel's declaration of the State of Israel how much aid has Israel received from the USA compared to occupied Palestine (up to the present moment)?
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Is Israeli political party Kulanu religious or anti-religious?

What is their position about religious laws in the country? What is their history of voting on the laws about religious issues?
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Why is Oman interested in diplomatic relationship with Israel and vice versa?

Netanyahu visited Oman on the invitation of Sultan Qaboos bin Syed. Looks like Oman would be the 1st country in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. What ...
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Is Wentworth particularly pro-Israel, and why?

I’ve read speculation that the current Australian PM has made some pro-Israel statements recently because there’s a by-election in the seat of Wentworth, because the seat is about ten or fifteen ...
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What is Russia's rationale of giving S-300 to Bashar Al Assad?

According to this 3D animation Israeli F-16s are innocent. Apparently, Russian plane was voluntarily circulating in the missile's range. So, why is Russia giving S-300 to Bashar's army? What is ...
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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 ...