Israel Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Israel?
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Last updated: March 31, 2020
First submittedMarch 29, 2014
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City that is legally the capital of Israel, although many other countries don't recognize it
Jerusalem
Two most populous cities on the Israeli coast
Tel Aviv
Haifa
Two seas that Israel borders
Mediterranean Sea
Red Sea
Official language
Hebrew
Peninsula that Israel returned to Egypt in 1982
Sinai Peninsula
"Ism" in defined as the support of a Jewish homeland in the Holy Land
Zionism
River found on Israel's eastern border
Jordan River
Name of Israel's legislature
The Knesset
The name of Israel's national intelligence agency
Mossad
Salty inland sea found at 430 meters below sea level?
Dead Sea
Body of water that Jesus walked on (according to the Bible)
Sea of Galilee
Area that Israel took from Syria in 1967
Golan Heights
War fought by Israel in 1967
Six-Day War
War fought by Israel in 1973
Yom Kippur War
Currency of Israel
The Shekel
The two Israelis who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Yasser Arafat in 1994
(name either)
Yitzhak Rabin /
Shimon Peres
Desert which comprises the southern half of Israel
Negev
Object which appears on the flag
Star of David
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Level 79
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 79
May 5, 2014
Actually, forgot about the recent Egypt quiz. I think that one was even easier.
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Level 52
Mar 31, 2020
Same for me) Good quiz, thanks!
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Level 35
May 5, 2014
Nice quiz. Perhaps accept Gennesaret and Tiberias for Galilee?
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Level 75
Oct 13, 2015
Agreed. Accept Kinneret as well.
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Level ∞
Oct 22, 2016
Sure, why not!
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Level 52
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 77
Mar 31, 2020
To your point, were you wearing a tutu too?
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Level 64
Apr 26, 2015
Glad to have got 100% (bit worrying if I didn't)
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Level 63
Nov 30, 2015
I thought the sea was Galileo...
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Level 82
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 70
Mar 31, 2020
God has planned everything out since the beginning of time. He has either already blessed Israel or he doesn’t want to do it. You asking God to bless Israel can have no impact on his plans either way.
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2020
Pretty pessimistic view on things, isn't it?
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Level 70
Apr 1, 2020
Whether you want to believe something has no impact on its truth value.
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Level 79
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 72
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 79
May 2, 2017
Yeah, I mean, why should a country get to choose its own capital?
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Level 81
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 38
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 66
May 2, 2017
english is also and official language of israel
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Level 82
May 2, 2017
Wikipedia disagrees with you.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Israel
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Level 79
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 55
Jul 21, 2020
My interest in linguistics in Euro-centric, but I also find this fascinating, and at the same time highly pragmatic. Thanks for your insight.
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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 55
Aug 8, 2018
Can you accept Sheqel for Shekel?
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Level ∞
Feb 11, 2020
Okay
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Level 65
Aug 31, 2019
Arabic is no longer an official language, but a recognized language.
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Level 70
Mar 31, 2020
It has now been updated and re-featured to reflect this change. While I think that removing Arabic is a backwards step, maybe it will make it even more clear to the international community that the current Israeli administration has no interest in even pretending like it is a pluralistic democracy.
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Level 65
Feb 11, 2020
As for Pole it's easy quiz
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Level 65
Feb 11, 2020
What area of Syria did Israel occupy in 1967?
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Level 79
Mar 31, 2020
Would be very difficult to occupy a territory without first taking it, wouldn't it?
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Level 61
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 79
Mar 31, 2020
Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005. Following the withdraw, free elections were held and the terrorist group Hamas was brought to power in the Gaza strip. After the election, Israel, with the aid of Egypt, blockaded Gaza, but they did not re-occupy it. Neither Israel nor Egypt claims Gaza as part of their territory, and since the region is still under the control of Hamas, which is not the PNA or Fatah, it can't accurately be called part of Palestine, either.
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Level 28
Apr 6, 2020
hamas is nota terrorist organization, just fighting for helpess palestinians
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Level 79
Apr 7, 2020
Hamas is definitely a terrorist organization, and they have done nothing to help the people that they claim to be fighting for. In many ways they have been worse for the "Palestinians" than the Israelis could ever hope to be.
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Level 60
Jul 30, 2020
Oh man — if you think that Hamas is a terrorist organization, just wait until you hear about all the stuff that Israel does! :O
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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 79
Mar 31, 2020
it's both
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Level 47
Feb 13, 2020
did everything in like two minutes and spent the other 2 trying to spell Mediterranean Sea
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Level 70
Mar 31, 2020
When in doubt, skip all double letters. Most answers in this format are accepted as type-ins.
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Level 62
Feb 18, 2020
The Jordan River question needs a question mark
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Level 63
Mar 31, 2020
Can NIS (New Israeli Shekel) and ILS (the ISO code for Israel's currency) also be accepted for the question about currency? To be pedantic, a shekel is an ancient unit of weight, while the currency of Israel is one of the above.
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Level 65
Mar 31, 2020
So the Dead Sea isnt considered a border sea?
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Level 37
Mar 31, 2020
No, it's technically a lake, like the Caspian Sea
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Level 78
Mar 31, 2020
Seacoast city - Hoffa? Heffa? Hiffa? Haffe? So close, yet so wrong.
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Level 67
Apr 1, 2020
My Israeli 14 year old completed this in about 60 seconds. I had him under threat of doing push ups. Anything but exercise...
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Level 32
Jun 15, 2020
We stand with the Palestine
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Level 48
Jul 21, 2020
Long live Israel !!!
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Level 51
Jul 29, 2020
“Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”
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Level 46
Jul 15, 2020
lol, these comments are spicy
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Level 54
Jul 29, 2020
Wait, Israel is real?
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Level 45
Jul 31, 2020
Always has been.