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That's not what he said. John Kerry said: But here is a fundamental reality: if the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both –and it won’t ever really be at peace. So what he is trying to say here is that In his opinion, Israel should embrace a two state solution. If Israel does not split off Palestine ...


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Rallying his base and making good on a campaign promise. Evangelical Christians in the US voice strong political support for Israel and this group overwhelmingly voted for Trump and was pivotal for his victory. This was a hard won constituency as Ted Cruz fashioned himself as champion of the Evangelicals during primaries and support was split between Cruz, ...


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Israel has a complicated relationship with Russia, which it doesn't want to hurt. Russia is a major supporter of Assad's regime in Syria, which is aligned with Iran and Hezbollah, Israel's bitter enemies (see here). Yet, Russia does not interfere when Israel operates in Syria against them. Russia is also a significant importer of Israeli produce, as well ...


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The reason why people want the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is to counter the stream of international organizations that have been recognizing Palestine as a country. As such, it is a show of support for Israel and against those who believe that Israel is illegitimate. Some believe that the problem is that the ...


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In January 2010, a team of Israeli government agents travelled to Dubai, UAE and, in a highly-sophisticated operation, assassinated a senior official of the terrorist organization Hamas. Dubai police were able to describe the operation by piecing together surveillance videos, which were released to the public. Israel was subject to widespread international ...


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Many countries consider themselves allies of the US, but few take foreign policy stances just because the US says so. (The US also does not always vote the same way as its allies.) The vast majority of the world consider the US embargo to be an act of revenge driven by the interests of Cuban Americans, and others who had property confiscated at the time of ...


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This requires a bit of a history lesson. In 1949, after the first Arab-Israeli war, Israel gained its independence. Israel negotiated with its neighbors the 1949 Armistice Agreements. These agreements established the 1949 Armistice Lines (often referred to as the 1967 borders, for reasons that will shortly become apparent) as de facto borders. However, ...


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The Law and Polish Complicity in the Holocaust While "Poland as a nation" is not to blame for the Holocaust, and while there was no official cooperation between Poland and Germany, government institutions as well as individual Poles collaborated with the Nazis (see also here): As German forces implemented the killing, they drew upon some Polish agencies, ...


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I'm not even sure in what year that vote you mention was taken, because it's a UN tradition by now The UN General Assembly has, since 1992, passed a resolution every year condemning the ongoing impact of the embargo and declaring it in violation of the Charter of the United Nations and of international law. In 2014, out of the 193-nation assembly, 188 ...


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The question seems to assume that sharing values with someone necessarily implies that you support that person (or group etc) in all things. There's a difference between sharing certain values with a person or group on the one hand and supporting them regarding a specific issue, conflict or contention. For example, if Jane is a dyed-in-the-wool left-winger ...


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Americans on the Right tend to be Evangelical Christians. As Jerusalem is holy to Christians (as well as being central to several Christian prophecies), there is a decently broad base of Christians who support Israel. This is evidenced by the demographic that tends to tour Israel At the moment, with security worries since the last Gaza war eased, the ...


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At least prior to the previous U.S. administration, Israel has been a long-time ally of the United States and each country had usually supported the other. Having technologically and economically advanced democratic allies is generally seen as a good thing for the U.S., especially in the Middle East. Jerusalem has been the official capital of the State of ...


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Other answers focus on the US-Israeli relationship, but there is also no love lost between Cuba and Israel. Cuba sent troops to fight Israel in the Yom Kippur War after breaking relations the previous month; neither side chose to restore formal relations. Cuba continued supporting Palestinian guerrillas (like the PLO) until the collapse of the Soviet bloc. ...


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The action against Russian Diplomats is being led by the UK, not the US. UK and Israel are not particularly close. The other countries that have supported the UK are Countries with a close relationship with the UK: EU allies, Commonwealth allies or Nato allies. Israel is none of these. Israel has a complex relationship with Russia. It's not clear that the ...


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First, They already have, and that is part of the reason for the conflict in the first place. What it seems like you are suggesting is that they go in and remove the existing inhabitants from Palestine all together. The truth is none of the other Arab nations want the Palestinians either. They are from Arab tribes that have a history of conflict with ...


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I love this question, if simply because so many people have misinterpreted Kerry's statement. He is stating that if Israel commits to a one-state solution, they will have to choose between being democratic and representing all of the people within the country, or remaining a state in which only Jewish people (and a small minority of Arab Israelis) are ...


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You perceive an inconsistency because your definitions are inaccurate. TL;DR The American right wing is not fascist or anti-Semitic, and it supports Israel because Israel is a democracy, a long-time military and political ally, and pro-Israel lobbies have a powerful influence in U.S. politics. Keep in mind that the American definition of right-wing is ...


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As with the definition of Palestine, the definition of Israel varies depending on whom you ask. Whereas I could organize the definitions of Palestine by controversy, every definition of Israel is controversial, and likely to offend at least someone. So, here are the various modern definitions of Israel, from smallest to largest. Arguably this does not count,...


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If it doesn't have any: It gets no benefit in denying it has any. If anything it could backfire in a Yes, Minister kind of way - "First rule in politics: never believe anything until it's officially denied." Nor does it get any benefit in boasting that it does - it would get caught naked should the truth ever come out. If it does have some: It gets no ...


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This answer is largely going to be based on Richard Goldstone's New York Times Op-Ed, in which he criticizes those who call Israel Apartheid. Richard Goldstone was a South African judge who helped dismantle Apartheid, so he's somewhat an expert on the matter. First, people confuse the situation of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza with Israeli ...


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Why hasn't a country named Palestine been created yet? As you alluded to in your summary, the nation of Israel was formed during WWII and it included land claimed by the Palestinians. Israel became recognized by the global community, where as Palestine did not. Since then Palestinians have been trying through various means to create a nation. This has of ...


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I'm not sure there is much benefit to the United States. It won't increase Israel's reliablity as a military ally or trading partner, since they already filled these roles without any US recognition of their possession of the Golan Heights. As the question noted, it will likely only score negative foreign policy points. However, it's not the US in some ...


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There are 3 ways to look at land "ownership": sovereignty history, living in the area historically, and current sovereignty. Let's examine each: Sovereignty history If you want to take a look historically, "Palestinians" as a sovereign nation did not exist until 20th century. Before 20th century, the land was Ottoman Empire's and then British control. ...


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The process of forming a government in Israel (which never in its history saw a single party win an outright majority, so there were always coalition governments) is that Israel's president, after consulting with the party leaderships, nominates whoever he thinks has the best chance to form a government. That nominee has 42 days to put together a (coalition) ...


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Israel does not want to be in charge of those areas, and has already given most of the area to Palestinian sovereignty. Before 1993, Israel was in control over the entirety of the West Bank and Gaza. This was a result of the Six Day War. To summarize, Egypt blockaded the Strait of Tiran, and surrounding Arab nations prepared to invade Israel. Israel ...


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Because they don't pose an immediate threat that needs to be countered ASAP ISIS isn't a tangible current threat to Israel's existence. They are definitely a threat to Syria or Iraq strategically. They pose varied levels of threat to other Middle East countries. But they don't have the military capability to attack Israel as a fighting force, not anytime ...


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Let's begin by repeating the definitions of de facto and de jure: de facto: a) in fact, whether by right or not. b) existing or holding a specified position in fact but not necessarily by legal right. de jure: a) according to rightful entitlement or claim; by right. b) existing or holding a specified position by legal right. De jure the state of Palestine ...


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There are still Assyrian people with population between 3.5-4 million who might want back the whole neighbourhood of Israel, since there was a long period of time when they held it. Ancient Egypt also held Palestine/Israel territory for long time. Keeping a certain piece of land for a time doesn't create any right for it. It is a false judgement. Otherwise ...


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Israel's prime minister has a thin majority which includes the far-right and Russian-speaking Lieberman, who is minister of defense. His party historically gets most votes from Russians in Israel, who like Putin. Since Lieberman entered the government around 2009, Israel has cozied up a lot with Russia. Some context: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-...


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Well you could start by looking at the yearly report on human rights prepared by the US State Department. You find lots of examples of systematic discrimination here, like how - although they may legally have a right to - Arab-Israelis can't obtain building permits or can't buy land. Then of course we have things like how Arab-Israeli easily may lose their ...


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