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What did Kerry mean with "Israel can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be both"?

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 ...
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What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

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 ...
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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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Why has Israel not expelled Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning?

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 ...
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Why did Israel vote against lifting the American embargo on Cuba?

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 ...
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What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

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. ...
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Why has Israel not expelled Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning?

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 ...
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Why did the US block a UN statement calling for violence to stop in the Palestine-Israel conflict?

Why does the US block a UN statement calling for violence to stop in the Palestine-Israel conflict? — because the statement was not only for calling the violence to stop, but about condemning Israel'...
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How does Israel decide what DNA is Jewish?

They don't decide what DNA is Jewish. The article you link says (their bolding): A DNA result that “proves” your Jewish origins does not grant the right to make aliyah according to the Law of Return. ...
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How does Israel change its leaders without an election?

The situation in early 2021 The change in leadership, in this case, is coming about after an election. Legislative elections were held in March 2021, but no party reached the 61-seat threshold needed ...
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How do Palestinian schools teach about the Holocaust?

From what I can tell, it is not part of the education in government-run schools in Gaza or the West Bank (which is not surprising, considering that the Hamas is an antisemitic, terrorist organization) ...
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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

According to Hamas spokespersons and military leaders, the recent escalation is meant to be a message to Arab countries, either to make them reconsider normalizing relations with Israel or to unite ...
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Why has the Israel-Palestine conflict reignited in May 2021?

Since you emphasize the word now in your question, I'll try to answer with an emphasis on the current escalation. For the more general question asking why there is a conflict at all, I'll simply refer ...
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Why are the territories gained by Israel in 1967 not internationally recognized?

The general philosophy of post-WWII international order is that the inhabitants of a territory are entitled to self-determination. While there are still many political and historical obstacles to the ...
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Why is it that South Africa specifically is taking Israel to the ICJ on claims of genocide?

South African black people suffered apartheid at the hands of the Afrikaners. Similarly, they suffered centuries of colonisation at the hands of the Dutch and British. Palestinians are suffering ...
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Why did Israel vote against lifting the American embargo on Cuba?

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 ...
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Has the Israeli supreme court ever come to a decision that can be seen as pro-Palestine or pro-Arab/anti-Israel/-Jew?

Very much so. 1. Last year, the Israeli supreme court struck down a 2017 law having to do with legalization of illegal housing built in previously Palestinian areas (New York Times source). Here is a ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

However, what purpose does closing Al Jazeera in Israel provide? It would make sense to close all anti-Israel-biased journalistic organisations within its borders, but why Al Jazeera? Al Jazeera is ...
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Why are so many on the left in western countries so passionate about supporting Palestine (and being anti-Israel)?

This simplest explanation here is that people on the Left (Progressives and/or social liberals) tend not to classify human beings into undifferentiated groups representing competing power blocks. Or ...
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Why has no party ever won a majority in Israel?

Israel's elections are based on nation-wide proportional representation. Specifically, that means there are no local districts in which candidates run. Your assertion that many parliamentary ...
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Why are there so many pro-Palestinian protestors in the United States?

[edit] Pro-Palestinian support has increased everywhere in the world, not only in the US. There might be many factors at play, some country-specific and some not. Among these, a few general long-term ...
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Why does the US insist on a two-state solution despite both parties being uninterested?

The two-state solution is a compromise. Hamas opposes it because they want all of the territory to be controlled by them. Likud opposes it because they want all of the territory to be controlled by ...
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Why did the US and Israel vote against making food a human right?

Not too sure what the Israel's motivation was, but for the US, the between-the-line essence from what the officials said would be this in simple terms: The "right to food" is a positive ...
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Why did Israel vote against lifting the American embargo on Cuba?

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 ...
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Why does the U.S. send foreign aid to Palestine at all?

Probably several things: Money brings influence. Without influence on the Palestinians, the US has even less leverage to shape Palestinian policy in a way that is acceptable to Israel. Palestine is ...
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Why is the U.S. turning a blind eye to Israel's nukes?

There are several points that invalidate the comparison of South Korean situation to Israeli one. First, "ballistic missile" does not equate "nuke" - there are plenty ballistic ...
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Why are right-wing politicians in the US typically pro-Israel?

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 ...
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Where and how does Hamas obtain the technology and raw material for rockets?

Quassam is an older missile design (or rather a family of missile and a generic term for Hamas homebrew rockets). The key point is (my emphasis): Design The utility of the Qassam rocket design is ...
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Why did Israel invade the Gaza strip from the north and not the south?

Military reasons Northern Gaza poses more direct threat - notably in terms of firing rockets at Israeli communities or carrying the attacks, like that of October 7 (see the map below). Indeed, most of ...
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What are the benefits for the US in declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital?

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 ...
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