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What is the matter with Iran and Israel?

I guess we can all agree that the relations between Israel and Iran aren't the best: Iran is supplying the Hezbollah / other guys near the border to Israel (Southern Lebanon) Israel is blowing up ...
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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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Are there any plans to relocate the Palestinian state, in order to ensure peace with Israel?

Palestine (along with the Arab world) and Israel have been in conflict for many decades now and it seems that they would continue to be in opposition for the decades to come. No solution is acceptable ...
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Iran relationship with Israel

Have there been any friendly alliances, negotiations or agreements between Iran and Israel after the Iranian revolution, especially during the Iran-Iraq War? Or even some kind of help from any of the ...
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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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Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles of China, France, Israel, and UK

Why do China, France and Israel maintain ICBMs of ranges more than 10,000 kms? Why not, say, 5000 kms? On the other hand, why doesn't the UK have ICBMs?
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How does having Dual-Citizenship work; are there exceptions allowing more?

Given all the recent talk of how President Trumps travel ban will affect Dual-Citizenship holders, a few questions were raised. Now I know how Dual-Citizenship works, on obtaining it and how each ...
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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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Are any of the notable critics of Trumps immigration ban on record as criticizing Iran's etc… ban on anyone connected to Israel?

Leaving aside the relative merits or lack thereof of Trump's ban, it's not really an unprecedented move in world politics. The governments of Iran, and several other countries (Syria, Lebanon, Libya, ...
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Distribution of illegal/legalized Jewish settlements in the Oslo zones

On the Oslo accords, the West Bank was divided into 3 zones, A, B and C. In the Zone A, there is Palestinian police and Palestinian government. In the Zone B, there is Palestinian government, but ...
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Why did the USA finance Israeli Arrow Interceptor missile program?

Why the USA didn't just sell Patriot PAC-3 or THAAD to Israel? Why did the USA finance a different ABM/SAM program? Why didn't the USA adopt Arrow system?
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Why would Palestinians be offended if the US deliberations to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem proceed?

During his campaign Trump vowed for this move to take place. "We are at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement. The ...
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Regarding US embassy move to Jerusalem [duplicate]

I am curious about the planned move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Why the urgency and what is the real reason behind it?
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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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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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Does the UN Security Council votes 14-0 to condemn Israeli settlement have binding consequences for Israel?

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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What are the viewpoints and policy positions of the Israeli right wing?

What are the viewpoints and policy positions of the Israeli right wing?
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Why is driver's test privatization in purvue of Israel's Supreme Court?

So this minor news article ("High Court order against privatization of driving tests") caught my attention, by the fact that it seems like such a strange and insignificant topic to rise to Supreme ...
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What economic benefits are there, if any, to a US alliance with Israel?

US and Israel have been allies for decades. What are benefits for the US besides having military bases and political reasons? In essence, what are the economical benefits? What does Israel export ...
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Would the state Israel have been born without WWII? [closed]

I know I´m finding myself on a very hypothetical slippery slope, but would the state of Israel have been born without WWII? Which is to say: did WWII function as a kind of catalyzer for the process of ...
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Why hasn´t Israel been a victim of IS terror (so far)?

I can´t recall that IS has committed a terrorist attack on Israel. Why is that the case?
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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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Pro-Israel lawmakers in the U.S [duplicate]

Are most U.S. politicians pro-Israel? If so, why?
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Why do so many U.S. politicians hold pro-Zionist policies? [closed]

Why do all the main current and past U.S. presidential candidates hold pro-Zionist policies? Theodor Herzl was the founder of Zionism. Obama visited his grave and honored him. All the main 2016 U.S. ...
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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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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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Are there constituencies for Russia to destroy and annex Israel?

Recently, The grand mufti of Russia (the topmost Muslim cleric) has suggested to Putin of Russia to annex Israel and Mecca: I suggested to Vladimir Putin to deal with Israel as the Crimea. Suppose ...
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Why does the EU choose to label products from the “occupied Territories” in Israel?

Israel has wondered aloud why they are the only ones that are having their products labelled even though there are 100s of terrirotorial disputes. Aside from anti-israel bias - Is there a logical ...
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Why isn't there Israel nuclear talk? [closed]

Iran is suspected of building nuclear weapons, then world powers hold Iran nuclear talks in order to prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons. Meanwhile Israel most likely already has nuclear ...
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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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Within the context of U.S strategic interests, why is the U.S so fervently opposed to Iran getting a nuclear weapon?

It is understandable that Israel is opposed to Iran developing nuclear weapons given the comments made by Iranian leaders. However, how precisely does Iran developing nuclear weapons threaten American ...
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Why do some claim that the Oslo agreements between Israel and the Palestinians have failed?

In the Israeli public, many claim that the Oslo agreements, which are probably the most advanced diplomatic action between the sides throughout history, have failed. This argument is used often to ...
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Could a single Knesset member bring down a 61-member coalition?

The 20th Knesset seems to be heading for a 61-member coalition (see here). If a single member from one of the parties in the coalition decides to transfer to a party in the opposition, would that ...
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Why doesn't Pakistan establish a diplomatic relationship with Israel?

At least 10 Muslim countries recognize Israel. Turkey (1949) Egypt (1979) Albania (1991) Azerbaijan (1992) Kazakhstan (1992) Kyrgyzstan (1992) Uzbekistan (1992) Tajikistan (1992) Turkmenistan ...
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Are there countries other than Israel where the legislative body often dissolves before its term is up?

Today the Israeli Knesset (parliamentary body) will be voting to dissolve the government, and deciding when elections will be called for. The last elections were around 2 years ago, meaning that in ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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What is USA's position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

What is USA's position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Are they neutral? Are they trying to end the conflict, or help one of the parties? If not, why do they support one side?
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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 did the israeli-palestinian conflict start? [closed]

I want to get a sense of why the conflict started. What was the major reason.
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Has the Israeli Intelligence Service, or Army (Mossad, IDF) ever been implicated in human trafficking?

Given that the operatives of Israel are almost entirely self financed, and that Israeli crime groups often engage in drug dealing, prostitution etc, it seems feasible that they may or may not have ...
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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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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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What direct actions could Hamas take to effectively show a leadership role in protecting Palestinian Civilians?

In a comment to my previous question: Why is there no call for Hamas to protect and reduce civilian casualties? a comment was posted: how can Hamas protect the civilians considering the prolonged ...
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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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Why does Israel support Mahmoud Abbas while Palestinian people have shown by their votes they want Hamas

Mahmoud Abbas should leave power based on democracy. But he is in power by support from Israel and US. Why do not US and Israel support democracy in Palestine?
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What can the rest of the World do to stop Israel-Palestine war? [closed]

Not talking about the past but the present. Right now, the situation in Palestine has gone really really bad. I don't know what can be done on our part but there has to be something that we can do. ...
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Why aren't the Jewish settlements legal under International Law, Canon Law, US domestic law, and historic rules for obtaining sovereignty?

The Supreme Council of the Allied Principal War Powers recognized the Jewish People as the owners of the political rights to Palestine, but put them in trust for World Jewry until they attained a ...