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Israel Country Quiz

Can you answer these questions about the country of Israel?
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Last updated: February 11, 2020
First submittedMarch 29, 2014
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What city is legally the capital of Israel, although many other countries don't recognize it?
Jerusalem
What are the two most populous cities on the Israeli coast?
Tel Aviv
Haifa
What two seas does Israel border?
Mediterranean Sea
Red Sea
What is the official language of Israel?
Hebrew
What peninsula did Israel return to Egypt in 1982?
Sinai Peninsula
What "ism" in defined as the support of a Jewish homeland in the Holy Land?
Zionism
What river is found on Israel's eastern border
Jordan River
What is the name of Israel's legislature?
The Knesset
What is the name of Israel's national intelligence agency?
Mossad
What salty inland sea is found at 430 meters below sea level?
Dead Sea
What body of water did Jesus walk on (according to the Bible)?
Sea of Galilee
What area did Israel take from Syria in 1967?
Golan Heights
What two wars saw Israel invaded by several of its neighbors?
Six-Day War
Yom Kippur War
What is the currency of Israel?
The Shekel
What two Israelis shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Yasser Arafat in 1994?
(name either)
Yitzhak Rabin /
Shimon Peres
What desert comprises the southern half of Israel?
Negev
What object appears on the flag of Israel?
Star of David
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level 78
May 5, 2014
Yay, one of these country quizzes that I for once easily got 100% on (not including the one I authored myself).
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level 78
May 5, 2014
Actually, forgot about the recent Egypt quiz. I think that one was even easier.
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level 66
May 5, 2014
I got pi. Guess I don't know Israel very well. :(
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level 39
Jul 22, 2014
>:( I'm Jewish
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level 35
May 5, 2014
Nice quiz. Perhaps accept Gennesaret and Tiberias for Galilee?
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level 76
Oct 13, 2015
Agreed. Accept Kinneret as well.
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level ∞
Oct 22, 2016
Sure, why not!
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level 50
May 8, 2014
%100 in 2:03. Can you Kinneret for Sea of Galilee?
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level 56
Mar 16, 2015
22/22 with 2:22 left...
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level 63
Apr 26, 2015
Glad to have got 100% (bit worrying if I didn't)
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level 62
Nov 30, 2015
I thought the sea was Galileo...
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level 80
Feb 11, 2020
He was named after it.
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level 35
Apr 15, 2016
Two changes: could you add 'June War' and 'October War' since that is how the Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War are generally described by Arabs and their allies in English? And please do add Shimon Peres to the Nobel answer, even if you don't add Arafat. I wasted lots of time on lots of permutations of Peres' name... Nice short quiz!
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level ∞
Oct 22, 2016
Sure, added some type-ins.
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level 46
Aug 20, 2016
God Bless Israel
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level 56
Oct 30, 2016
Am Yisrael Chai!
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level 78
May 2, 2017
Yesterday Hamas announced to the world that, while it would not make a single meaningful change to its charter, they have decided that due to their inability to accomplish anything militarily they would make some superficial changes to wording and see if it was politically expedient to appear less overtly racist.
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level 71
May 2, 2017
Wow! Someone contributing to JetPunk admits that Jerusalem as the capital is disputed. It's a start.
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level 78
May 2, 2017
Yeah, I mean, why should a country get to choose its own capital?
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level 78
Feb 14, 2020
Because it's technically a U.N. city under their jurisdiction under international law so as not to foster the religious crusades all over again, which is exactly what's going on.
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level 37
Mar 4, 2020
I am not disputing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but am responding to your statement 'why should a country be free to bame its capital'. Given that, why doesn't Jetpunk accept Cote d'Ivoire's right to name its COUNTRY!?
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level 24
May 2, 2017
Why exactly should it be disputed? Jerusalem is the capital! It has been since 1950! This would be like saying that Washington as the capital of USA should be disputed.
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level 78
May 3, 2017
No, it wouldn't. Nobody disputes that Washington is the capital of the United States. Though I don't agree with those who feel that Jerusalem is not a part of Israel, they are disputing that Jerusalem is the capital because they don't recognize Israel's control of the territory. So it is more like saying that Crimea is part of Russia (disputed).
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level 53
May 18, 2017
It's more like saying that Seoul is part of South Korea (disputed) because North Korea doesn't recognise them...but that's only because North Korea and South Korea hate each other so much they each wish the other one didn't exist.
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level 78
Aug 18, 2017
My Crimea example is a lot closer. There are a lot more than just 1 country that doesn't recognize Jerusalem as a legitimate part of Israel.
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level 65
Mar 18, 2020
Israel has no right to keep all Jerusalem. And in my thinking Israel has no right to exist.
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level 63
May 2, 2017
english is also and official language of israel
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level 81
May 2, 2017
Wikipedia disagrees with you.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Israel
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level 24
May 2, 2017
...No, it is not an OFFICIAL language.
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level 78
May 3, 2017
It WAS. Thanks to the British basically establishing the country. In the 1940s there were 3 official languages in Israel: English, Hebrew, and Arabic. Nixing English as an official language was one of the first things the new country did. I believe that this was because they knew if they did not, then English would become the lingua franca, and that's something they didn't want happening because they were endeavoring to revive a dead language (Hebrew). They actually went really out of their way to avoid using English on signage, packaging, etc. I found Israel is one of the hardest places I've been to get trying to read just English. And it worked, Hebrew is again a living, breathing language with millions of native speakers after being dead for thousands of years. As a linguist I find this incredibly impressive.

Anyway long story short: English is definitely not an official language. Many Israelis don't speak it and it hasn't had official status since 1948 I believe.
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level 47
May 2, 2017
You might want to change "national intelligence agency" to "foreign intelligence agency" to not confuse it with shin bet
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level 23
May 4, 2017
Can you add the spelling "Mosad" for Mossad?
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level ∞
May 5, 2017
Ok
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level 49
Mar 7, 2018
all the ones I missed I couldnt spell to save my life LOL
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level 52
Aug 8, 2018
Can you accept Sheqel for Shekel?
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level ∞
Feb 11, 2020
Okay
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level 62
Aug 31, 2019
Arabic is no longer an official language, but a recognized language.
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level 65
Feb 11, 2020
As for Pole it's easy quiz
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level 63
Feb 11, 2020
What area of Syria did Israel occupy in 1967?
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level 60
Feb 12, 2020
Since Jetpunk doesn't recognize Palestine as a country, shouldn't Gaza city be one of the biggest cities on the Israeli coast?
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level ∞
Feb 12, 2020
Just because Palestine isn't an independent nation doesn't mean that it is part of Israel.
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level 72
Feb 12, 2020
I think it's usually called the River Jordan (per European usage) rather than the Jordan River.
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level 46
Feb 13, 2020
did everything in like two minutes and spent the other 2 trying to spell Mediterranean Sea
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level 57
Feb 18, 2020
The Jordan River question needs a question mark