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Is there a country (apart from Israel) where all of its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy?

South Korea. Its only neighbor (by land) is North Korea.
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Is there a country (apart from Israel) where all of its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy?

If you are willing to consider countries close to others by the sea (say less than 100 miles) as neighbors, then Taiwan's only neighbor is China. Yes, I know that Taiwan doesn't legally consider China ...
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Why is the Gini coefficient of Egypt at the levels of Nordic countries?

This Worldbank article might shed some light on this. Indeed Egypt has a rather low Gini coefficient: Egypt ranks as one of the world’s most equal countries judging by official estimates of income ...
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Is there a country (apart from Israel) where all of its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy?

In the past, there have been many examples of this. Canada's only neighbor is the US, and the two went to war in 1812 (but they get along fine now). The UK and Ireland are each other's only neighbors, ...
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Is there a country (apart from Israel) where all of its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy?

If you consider territories with only limited international recognition, but which are a political reality: Both the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus. Their only land ...
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What gives Egypt the authority or leverage to act as a mediator between Hamas and Israel?

Egypt maintains contacts with both Hamas and Israel, and has a history of mediating conflict between Israel and Hamas, along with acting as a mediator in several conflicts between Israel and other ...
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Why did Egypt start the blockade of the Gaza Strip?

TL;DR: Hamas (which rules Gaza) is an offshoot of Muslim Brotherhood, which is an Islamist group hostile to Egyptian government. E.g., in an opinion of a local expert (Emad Gad, an analyst at the ...
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Is the requirement to accept refugees unconditional in international law, even in the case of a forced population transfer?

The obligation under international law that Israel seems to be referring to is that of non-refoulement. In other words, a receiving country cannot force displaced persons to leave. The Wikipedia ...
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Is there a country (apart from Israel) where all of its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy?

One could say Venezuela [too] to some extent. This has been somewhat dependent on governments in the neighboring countries. But in a nutshell Broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia for a few ...
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Why is the Gini coefficient of Egypt at the levels of Nordic countries?

The Gini co-efficient measures relative, not absolute wealth and poverty. Egypt has a fairly poor but relatively equal society. There are few people living in deep poverty, and few people with very ...
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Why did Egypt start the blockade of the Gaza Strip?

The answer about the Muslim Brotherhood is absolutely correct. But there is more. Relations between Egypt and Israel are excellent. Al-Sisi has personally met with Netanyahu. And Israel and Egypt ...
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Why is the Trump wall more expensive than the Egypt-Israel barrier?

There's a number of factors in play that differ between these cases. labor and material costs in the U.S. are among the highest in the world - the mean disposable income in the U.S. is nearly double ...
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Is there a country (apart from Israel) where all of its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy?

Lesotho, which is an enclave of (completely surrounded by) South Africa, was invaded by South Africa in 1998. In 2023, Lesotho's parliament debated a motion "that Lesotho should reclaim all of ...
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Why is Egypt not able to stop the building of a dam in Ethiopia?

Based on this article, it would seem that Egypt implicitly recognizes Ethiopia has a legitimate right to build a dam, and that both Egypt and Ethiopia want an international agreement, including Sudan, ...
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What has the UAE gained by establishing diplomatic relations with Israel?

Apparently UAE and Israel have signed a free trade agreement. Don't ask me how much this is worth, but it definitely would not have been possible without establishing diplomatic relations first. ...
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Does Egypt have the right to attack the Ethiopian dam?

When you're talking about countries, "rights" means something very different. A country's "rights" are defined by what other countries let them do. Sometimes this is by treaty, ...
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Are people in other countries besides Egypt boycotting Western brands, as a result of the war in Gaza?

Yes, these boycotts have been occurring across the Arab world and in other Muslim-majority nations. To give some examples, the Turkish parliament has removed Coca-Cola and Nestle products from outlets ...
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Aside the fear of a large number of Palestinians fleeing into Egypt, is there any other reason why it is against Israel occupying the southern border?

See Philadelphi corridor: Following Israel's unilateral disengagement from the Gaza-strip in 2005, the Philadelphi Accord with Egypt was concluded, which authorized Egypt to deploy 750 border guards ...
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Why don't/can't Israel unilaterally return Gaza to Egypt?

If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel‎. Israel tried not asserting control over the ...
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What was the political status of Egypt during World War II?

Short Answer From September 1st 1939 to September 2nd 1945 (the conventional dates for World War 2), Egypt could best be described as a condominium. The definition of a condominium is below cited ...
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Why is Egypt transferring the control of two islands to Saudi Arabia?

In short: Bribery + Israel. 1- Egyptian financial Dependency on Saudi Arabia. Bloomberg reports: Saudi Arabia agreed to provide Egypt with more than $3 billion in loans and grants to help its ...
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Why is the Gini coefficient of Egypt at the levels of Nordic countries?

If you examine the data at https://www.gapminder.org/tools/ you will find that the Gini coefficient does not really correlate well with much. Various indicators of political freedom or democratic ...
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Is there a country (apart from Israel) where all of its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy?

Eritrea has a conflict with Ethiopia and "tense" relationships with Sudan and Djibouti. Although it formally has diplomatic relations with both Sudan and Djibouti, there are border issues ...
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Is the requirement to accept refugees unconditional in international law, even in the case of a forced population transfer?

The 1951 Refugee Convention regulates the rights and obligations of states and refugees. Article 1.2 of the Convention defines a "refugee" as follows: As a result of events occurring before ...
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Why did Egypt bring tanks to Rafah?

Egypt Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told (Daily Express USA) leaders in Sinai: We are prepared to sacrifice millions of lives to ensure that no one encroaches upon our territory. Egyptian fears ...
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Is there a country (apart from Israel) where all of its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy?

This was Hungary after WW1 around the dissolution of Austria-Hungary. From the north it was attacked by the newly formed Czechoslovakia, from the east by Romania and from the south by the Kingdom or ...
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Indigeneous Palestinian population in Sinai

It's highly unlikely that anyone will find a reliable estimate of how many Palestinians live in Sinai or what their citizenship status is. Dr. Oroub El-Abed did extensive research on the Palestinian ...
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Is there a country (apart from Israel) where all of its land neighboring countries consider it an enemy?

Until a few weeks I would have suggested Artsakh. But in general, most enclaves or exclaves are either currently in this situation, or were at some point in their history.
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Why don't/can't Israel unilaterally return Gaza to Egypt?

I guess because Egypt gave up their territorial claims on Gaza in the Camp David Accords of 1978. (Previously they had it incorporated in the UAR for a few years 1959-1967, with various other statuses ...
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