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Questions relating to the government or the politics of the State of Israel.

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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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Why does Israel build settlements in Palestine?

I understand that one of the major issues between Israel and Palestine are Israeli settlements in Palestinian land. Israel keeps building these settlements, despite what I understand to be the ...
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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 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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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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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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What did Kerry mean with “Israel can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both”?

What did the Secretary of State mean by this dichotomous ultimatum? Israel can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both. Why should it be incompatible? If England, Denmark and Greece ...
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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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Why do people consider Israel to be an “apartheid” country?

The so-called "Israeli Apartheid Week" has been gaining much momentum recently. This "week" is hosted annually in numerous universities and other institutions here in the U.S., and also all over the ...
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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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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 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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What is the historical basis of Israeli and Palestinian claims to the land that is now under Israeli control?

I know there is a conflict between Israel and Palestine over the land which is now recognized as Israel. Palestinians and their supporters claim the land has been the residence of Palestinians and ...
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Why is Palestine not a state yet? [closed]

Why hasn't a country named Palestine been created yet? Why does Israel from time to time build and destroy settlements in those areas? What is the fundamental problem between Israel and Palestine?
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What is Israel's long-term plan in the West Bank?

A lot of liberals and other Palestine supporters make the following argument about Israel's control of the West Bank: Currently, the Palestinian people living in the Israeli-controlled territory in ...
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Why does Daesh not attack or even threaten to attack Israel?

How come Daesh/ISIS does not attack Israel, who are supposed to be their worst enemy? Precision: I'm not asking the reason for the other way around, why isn't Israel attacking IS I'm asking why isn'...
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Why does the Israeli Blockade of Gaza cover things other than weapons?

One of the main reasons Hamas cites for continuing to launch rockets into Israel is the Israeli blockade of Gaza by air, land, and sea, which in the Palestinians' view effectively makes Gaza an "...
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What is the current meaning of “Palestine”?

The term "Israel" seems to have a clear definition. It's a member state of the UN general assembly, and while its exact borders are controversial, I think in broad outlines people know the area it ...
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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 does the left side with the Palestinians?

The Western moderate left is associated with certain values, in no particular order and with no claim of completeness or nuance: social mobility, personal freedom, safety net, secularism, humanism, ...
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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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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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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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What is the current meaning of “Israel”?

I recently asked a question about the current meaning of the term "Palestine". Now I'd like to ask a similar question about Israel. The word "Israel" has an equally storied past, starting as an ...
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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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What are the consequences of recalling ambassadors?

Two days ago there were rumors Britain and France may recall their ambassadors from Israel. Why is that a political action? Wouldn’t that rather harm the citizens of these countries in Israel?
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Why won't Israel just capture Palestine?

There are many small-scale conflicts currently going on around the world between two countries,where one or both deny other's right on some piece of land. like India vs Pakistan on Kashmir. N.Korea ...
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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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Is there bias against Israel at the UN and mainstream media?

According to UN Watch: "UN committees, annual UN resolutions, an entire UN bureaucratic division, permanent UN exhibits in New York and Geneva headquarters -- all dedicated to a relentless and ...
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Why is Israel refusing to let the International Atomic Energy Agency inspect their facilities?

For years Israel has refused opening their nuclear facilities to IAEA inspection and Israel signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. 45 member states, including Turkey, Russia, China and Iran, ...
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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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Why is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict such a big issue?

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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Why isn’t Israel fighting ISIS?

According to Jürgen Todenhöfer who spent 10 days in the “Islamic State” last year, Israel is the only country in the world that ISIS fears. Apparently, ISIS is not intimidated by the U.S. nor the U.K.,...
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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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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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Can one leave the Gaza strip permanently?

I don't really know where to put this question and as it is somewhat a political decision I will ask it here. Based on this Wikipedia Article it seems like one can't really leave the Gaza strip. But ...
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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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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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How many new settlements did Israel build in the last decade in the West Bank?

How many new settlements did Israel build in the last decade in the West Bank? I mean I've seen many news about Israeli settlement "expansion" in various international media but when looked into it ...
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Is there a Muslim majority country where Israel (and Jews) is received positively?

The common perception is that muslims don't perceive Israel (and Jews) in favorable light. But is there a Muslim majority country where Israel (and Jews) is received in positive light overall?
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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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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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Has Angela Merkel criticised travel bans on Israelis?

A subset of Are any of the notable critics of Trumps immigration ban on record as criticizing Iran's etc... ban on anyone connected to Israel? Has Angela Merkel, who has criticised Trump's travel ...
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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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Does it make sense for Jordan & Egypt to annex Gaza and the West Bank?

This might be a dumb question, but is it a viable solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict for Jordan and Egypt to respectively annex the West Bank and Gaza Strip as they did in '48?
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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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Israel's list of designated terrorist organizations?

I have found this Excel spreadsheet written by Israel's Ministry Of Defense. Is it a list of organizations considered by the MOD as terrorist? Or does it only list organizations helping terrorist ...
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What is the reason why none of the criticisms of Israel vis-à-vis the West Bank apply to China and Tibet?

Leaving aside the obvious political truths (China is a major international power, a permanent member of UNSC with veto powers; and Israel has a broad array of countries and demographics who like to ...
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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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Why do Palestinians want a one state solution?

Apparently, Israel currently supports a two state solution at conditions that are unacceptable to the Palestinian Authority, but not worlds apart. Palestinians, on the other hand, accept it merely as ...