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Israel Country Quiz

Name these facts about the country of Israel.
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First submittedMarch 29, 2014
Last updatedMay 5, 2017
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Official capital (disputed)
Jerusalem
Second biggest city
Tel Aviv
Third biggest city
Haifa
Oceanic seas that Israel borders
Mediterranean Sea
Red Sea
Official languages
Hebrew
Arabic
Area returned to Egypt
Sinai Peninsula
Name of Israel's legislature
Knesset
Area taken from Syria
Golan Heights
Peace Prize winner of 1994
Yitzhak Rabin or
Shimon Peres
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Palestinian territories
Gaza Strip
West Bank
"ism" in support of a Jewish homeland
Zionism
National intelligence agency
Mossad
War of 1967
Six-Day War
War of 1973
Yom Kippur War
River on Israel's eastern border
Jordan River
Salty inland sea
Dead Sea
Sea that Jesus was said to walk on
Sea of Galilee
Currency
Shekel
Desert of southern Israel
Negev
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level 77
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 77
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 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 48
May 8, 2014
%100 in 2:03. Can you Kinneret for Sea of Galilee?
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level 54
Jul 22, 2014
Fix the Gaza strip one please....change it to "formerly Palestinian."
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level 77
Feb 16, 2015
What does that mean? What is it now if not Palestinian?
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level 24
May 2, 2017
IT IS THE GAZA STRIP!
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level 77
May 3, 2017
Yes that's a tautology. The Gaza strip is the Gaza strip. Okay. But... then is it not also Palestinian?
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level 51
May 18, 2017
*cough cough* ISRAEL.
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level 77
Aug 18, 2017
Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in August 2005. Not even Israelis want or believe Gaza to be a part of Israel anymore. So.... where are you even from Aesthus?

nivgeva: Hamas claims to be Palestinian. But you're right they are not connected to the Palestinian National Authority/Fatah government of Ramallah. If you recognize the PNA as the legitimate government of Palestine then I guess you could argue that Gaza is something else...
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level 51
Sep 5, 2017
I'm from the United States, kal. The Gaza Strip isn't part of Palestine. (It's part of Egypt. It's not even touching the West Bank.)
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level 77
Nov 4, 2017
You say that as if you know something I don't, which is funny because I know this subject well and you seem totally confused.
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level 35
Apr 4, 2018
Aesthus

You're wrong: Egypt gave up the Gaza Strip to Israeli control (not sovreignty). Jordan did the same with Judea&Samaria. Just because it doesn't touch J&S it doesn't mean that it doesn't belong to it. Bear in mind: Alaska doesn't touch the USA but that does not make it a separate entity.

To solve the argument Israel should annex both areas and repatriate the 'palestinians' to Jordan.
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level 77
Apr 14, 2018
That's the sort of insightful solution I'd expect from someone named "Conservatopia."

Israel doesn't want Gaza. It's a giant festering sh#thole full of people who hate them. Israel voluntarily and unilaterally withdrew from it's occupation of Gaza in 2005. The IDF dismantled Jewish settlements there and forced Jewish citizens to leave. Following elections in Gaza which brought to power the terrorist organization Hamas, who has the destruction of Israel written in to its charter, Israel has placed Gaza under permanent blockade with the cooperation of Egypt. Egypt also wants no part of Gaza. Jihadists and Islamists are the biggest threat to the secular military dictatorship of Egypt.

"Repatriating" people from Gaza and the West Bank to Jordan is a total non-starter. This would involve forcibly moving millions of people into a country that doesn't want them. It's not even militarily feasible, to say nothing of the international PR nightmare it would create for Israel.
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level 31
Apr 29, 2018
Conservatopia & Kalbahamut Here here. The Gaza strip is an unfortunate side effect of the UN division plan of 1948 and the Israeli wars (mostly the Six Day war). Ethnically its comprised of the former Arabic citizens of the British mandate in Israel, namely Jordanians. Since the region is a socio-economic dumpster fire about a million or so strong, no regional government wants to annex it and its denizens willingly. Even though Israel keeps its distance from it, due to the region's declared cries for its destruction and the occasional rocket and/or terror tunnel and/or suicide bomber originating from there, the vast majority of its commodities and services are supplied by it.
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level 45
Aug 5, 2018
Aesthus: "the Gaza Strip doesn't even touch the West Bank". Alaska does not touch the contiguous USA. Yet they are still the same entity....
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level 65
May 3, 2017
Seriously?
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level 77
Nov 4, 2017
I liked your music video about the twitter bird.
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level 35
Apr 4, 2018
Seriously. The so-called 'Jordanians' have been shamefully neglectful of the members of their own ethnic group the other side of the Jordan. They should have taken them all in years ago, and recreated the State of Palestine (Across the Jordan, of course). Selfish, tbh.
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level 77
Apr 14, 2018
To deny that there have been Arabic-speaking Muslims and Christians living within the present day borders of Israel and the Palestinian territories for hundreds of years is every bit as wrong-headed and ignorant as denying that there have been Jewish residents of the same area for just as long.

There *were* massive waves of "Arab" immigration to Israel/Palestine in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Just as there were massive waves of Jewish immigration at the same time. Some of those "Arab" immigrants came out of Transjordan, but not all of them. and bear in mind Jordan was only a country for 2 years before the creation of the state of Israel. Prior to 1921 all of these people were citizens of the Ottoman Empire and there was only a provincial boundary separating them.

Nobody wins the "we were here first" argument.
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level 43
Oct 3, 2014
Thank you for the quiz! However, could I have one suggestion? I do think the answer to the Nobel Prize question should be ammended. Two Israelis received it that year - Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres. And also the third recipient, Yasser Arafat, was Israeli-related. And of course, all three of them were awarded for negotiating the Oslo Agreements which enabled (at least for some time) the peace process. I think all three names, or at least Rabin and Peres, should be required as the correct answer.
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level ∞
Oct 22, 2016
Peres will work now.
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level 76
May 2, 2017
I remembered Arafat but couldn't remember the others. All I could think of was Begin and Sadat. Wrong decade, I know.
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level 56
Mar 16, 2015
22/22 with 2:22 left...
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level 62
Apr 26, 2015
Glad to have got 100% (bit worrying if I didn't)
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level 59
Nov 30, 2015
I thought the sea was Galileo...
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level 30
Jan 7, 2016
Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin all won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. Someone should make another Israel trivia quiz.
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level ∞
Oct 22, 2016
Maybe you?
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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 61
Sep 27, 2016
I think the '94 peace prize was awarded to 3 people. Arafat, Peres and Rabin.
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level 73
Oct 4, 2016
As others wrote, Peres should be definitely accepted as answer (at least), or "PM" added to question
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level 77
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 69
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 77
May 2, 2017
Yeah, I mean, why should a country get to choose its own capital?
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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 77
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 51
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 77
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 55
Feb 2, 2018
I disagree with the one using Seoul as an example as. There is a great distinction between South Korea and Israel, mainly that South Korea is not an apartheid state and does not treat North Koreans as an inferior race. Also North Korea, unlike Palestine, is perfectly able to defend themselves from foreign powers something that Palestine is not able to do so as the Jews basically make sure that Palestine is completely crippled. In addition, the North and South Korean are still respecting each other's borders under the armistice of 1953, but Israel does not care one bit for any rules, the same rules which allowed it to be a state in the first place, and just treats non-Jews with disrespect (some Jewish politicians even want to bring in ethnic cleansing) and take the little land the Palestinians were left with and create illegal settlements. I don't think it is fair at all to compare Israel to South Korea and Palestine to North Korea.
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level 51
Mar 7, 2018
Kal: yes, there are more countries that don't recognise Jerusalem as part of Israel. But most of these countries (for example, a lot of island countries, China, and a boatload of African nations) are probably not voting in the interests of their people. Napoleon: you're right. It was a bad analogy. After all, North Korea is actually a country that has a history and fought a war to exist (even if they are abjectly horrible). Palestine never fought a war for its territory, never asked Israel (who held the land) to cede the territory to them, and had no credible reason for existing. And Israel isn't exactly an apartheid state. https://www.ngo-monitor.org/reports/countering_the_apartheid_slander/ has some articles (including some from South African publications) rejecting that analogy. Palestine has never been, is not, and will likely never be (unless there's a war for the region) a legitimate country. And the burden's on them to prove otherwise.
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level 77
Mar 11, 2018
Aesthus you still seem confused about this and the information you have seems pretty one-sided.
If you're interested in learning about the region I'd recommend this book, it was very interesting and well written, pretty impartial (though it was written by a Jew), and is a good starting point.
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level 35
Apr 4, 2018
yeah... the British still claim the entire Eastern Seaboard so... Washington is disputed too... :) @Aesthus is mostly correct tbh... there is no apartheid in Israel.... the communities choose to live apart, and so, as is nature, one community will dominate. This is unavoidable. There must be some structure to every society. Please stop with the apartheid-comparison remarks. Until we see systemic government repression of one group, no apartheid system exists. If you want to see some real apartheid systems at work, go no further than Saudi Arabia, Bahrain or Qatar.
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level 77
Apr 14, 2018
There is no territorial dispute between the United States and the United Kingdom.

re: apartheid in Saudi Arabia, I'm not sure what you're talking about unless you mean the sexual apartheid that exists between Saudi men and Saudi women. Which is true. Different legal standards for different people. The Saudi sponsorship and iqama system also lends itself quite easily to the abuse and exploitation of immigrants and expats, though I think all countries grant fewer legal rights to foreigners than they do to citizens so that's not unusual. There is an unspoken racial/national hierarchy in Saudi Arabia that favors Saudi Arabs and certain Europeans and North Americans over all others especially Africans and South Asians, but it's not an official legal system it's just culture. I would only apply the term apartheid to the gender inequality.

re: Bahrain, it applies there even less. Though some Bahraini shia would complain about being 2nd-class citizens in their own country.
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level 21
May 2, 2017
Had to cheat for shimon peres
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level 46
May 2, 2017
english is also and official language of israel
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level 79
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 77
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 38
Aug 15, 2017
For the love of everything that's holy for once, just cut short your sermons - Stating that Hebrew and Arabic are the only official languages of the State of Israel should suffice, don't you think?
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level 77
Aug 18, 2017
divantilya: I know maybe this didn't occur to you but you're actually not required to read my comments.

nivgeva: Whoever taught you history should have his or her credentials revoked. I think this is the fourth or fifth straight comment I've read of yours that states something about history that simply isn't so. You seem interested in the subject, though, so I would recommend you read some more about it. Simon Montefiore's Jerusalem: A Biography is an excellent work if you want a starting point. Maybe gain an appreciation for the long and rich history of your country from a non-partisan point of view.
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level 77
Aug 18, 2017
English in Israel and it's worth following footnote 17 through to the source.
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level 46
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 53
Aug 8, 2018
Can you accept Sheqel for Shekel?
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level 59
Aug 31, 2019
Arabic is no longer an official language, but a recognized language.