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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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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 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 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 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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What reasons has Israel given for limiting food supplies to Gaza?

There's a poll that found that Israelis want food/aid traded for hostages: Also regarding the hostages, Channel 12 asked whether Israelis support halting humanitarian aid to Gaza until Hamas returns ...
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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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Did Israel provide a way for Hamas to surrender?

did Israel express any desire for Hamas to just... surrender? Dec 7 2023, Ofir Gendelman - spokesman for Netanyahu - said that the war can end when Hamas surrenders. Dec 11 2023, Netanyahu called on ...
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How is the October 7th attack classified as terrorism based on casualty statistics, and how does it compare to similar events?

Targeting civilians vs civilian casualties Putting aside numbers for a bit, the context here is clear. The 7th October massacre specifically targeted civilians for gruesome torture, murder, and ...
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Why doesn't Israel withdraw from the territories occupied during the Six-Day War of 1967?

Many Israelis believe that "less" control over the West Bank and Gaza, leads to "more" terrorism, rather than the opposite. Let's look at the facts; Since they refuse to receive ...
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Why didn’t the ICC issue an arrest warrant for Bashar al-Assad?

As you note, the ICC does not have territorial jurisdiction over crimes committed in Syria because Syria is not a state party to the Rome statute. A Security Council resolution which would have ...
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Why does Israel prefer Egypt as a mediator over Qatar?

There a few reasons why Israel prefers Egypt over Qatar as a mediator. Other than a few nominal trade agreements, Israel has no diplomatic ties with Qatar. They do have a peace treaty with Egypt. ...
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Why is the $14 billion aid bill to Israel "bad for Israel", according to the White House?

The White House's opposition to the bill was articulated both in a statement by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre here, and more comprehensively in a Statement of Administration Policy by the Office ...
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How many Americans support leveling Gaza?

I suppose that you are correct “that pollsters may have qualms about asking this”, since thus far, I have not been able to find any polls that ask a question like “Should Israel drop an atomic bomb on ...
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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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How easy would it be to distinguish between Hamas fighters and non combatants?

Yes, and no. (from reading quite a few small unit operations books about Afghanistan and Iraq). The Taliban ID-ing issue wasn't necessarily a big problem during heavy combat. Sure, there might be a ...
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Why is net favorability for Israel so high in Nigeria even after the Gaza incursions?

Nigeria and Israel have a surprisingly strong relationship Since April 1993, Israel has maintained an embassy in Abuja and Nigeria has an embassy in Tel Aviv. Over fifty Israeli companies operate in ...
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Why shut down Al Jazeera in Israel?

Anti-journalistic policy Israel historically has had a high rate of journalists killed in conflicts it is involved in, mainly in occupied Palestinian territories, such as Gaza. Recently, the count ...
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What is Hamas' strategy in attacking Israel?

And if go beyond "grand strategy" and you're also willing to believe their tactical claims, according to Al-Jazeera: A senior Hamas leader has said that the group had captured enough ...
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Why isn't the Global South pro-Israel like the West?

"The rest of the world" / "Global South" terms being used here might benefit from consideration of whether the "Global South" is a larger or smaller slice of the UN's 195+...
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Why does the US insist on a two-state solution despite both parties being uninterested?

It's an unsurprising inertia given the lack of any politically viable alternative position. While the Israelis and Palestinians didn't exactly agree to a two-state solution under the Oslo Accords, ...
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Why are Israeli activists/vigilantes who are blocking aid from reaching Gaza not being stopped by police?

First, a high degree of impunity for far-right vigilantes in Israel is nothing new. If you are familiar with the "price tag" attacks and all-out rampages against Palestinian villages, what ...
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What exactly are the negative consequences of the Israeli Supreme Court reform, as per the protestors?

Gonna quote someone directly rather than paraphrase, but it communicates the idea. (one other way to think of parts of this in US terms would be that removing the "reasonableness" principle ...
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Why does a plurality of Israeli Jews believe that the settlements in the West Bank help the security of Israel?

In Gaza right now, the Israeli far-right says the quiet part out loud. From CNN: Far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who also holds a position in the Defense Ministry, says that Israel “will ...
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Why have more countries cut the diplomatic ties with Israel than with Russia?

Letting aside questions of ideological affinities or opposition. And noting that only Bolivia has broken off relations entirely. To state the obvious, while Israel is a relatively influential country ...
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Why does the U.S. seek to establish a demilitarized Palestinian state?

if Hamas and other such factions only seek the establishment of an independent state with recognized sovereignty That's the thing: is that all they seek? Hamas' 1988 charter explicitly called for the ...
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