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Countries Closest to Israel

Can you name the countries whose territory lies closest to Israel?
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Last updated: September 14, 2018
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First submittedAugust 10, 2014
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km
country
miles
0
Lebanon
0
0
Egypt
0
0
Jordan
0
0
Palestinian Territories
0
0
Syria
0
16
Saudi Arabia
10
228
Cyprus
142
285
Turkey
177
291
Iraq
181
723
Greece
449
km
country
miles
833
Sudan
518
834
Libya
518
906
Iran
563
1047
Armenia
651
1057
Georgia
657
1082
Azerbaijan
672
1093
Kuwait
679
1169
Bulgaria
726
1188
Russia
738
1314
Romania
816
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Level 57
Mar 1, 2015
I am surprised that Oman, Yemen, U.A.E., Qatar, and Bahrain are not on this list.
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Level 51
Mar 16, 2015
probably because saudi arabia is so big.
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Level 21
Jul 4, 2021
Yes me too
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Level 66
Feb 16, 2022
You too are so big?
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Level 43
May 26, 2022
yes he is very big
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Level 18
Apr 24, 2022
i was too
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Level 66
Oct 10, 2015
I wrote Eritria and, because of that I failed with one country...
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Level 75
Feb 23, 2017
Eritrea is not on the list.
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Level 76
Feb 23, 2017
1331 km / 827 mi
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Level 16
Feb 24, 2022
I got 1328 km / 825 mi on Eritrea and 1310 km / 814 mi on Romania
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Level 48
Feb 24, 2017
I think he means it's the only incorrect answer he attempted.
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Level 21
Mar 25, 2022
i also put Eritrea
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Level 70
Apr 26, 2016
Missed only Romania.
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Level 68
Feb 23, 2017
Got Romania with 1 second to go!
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Level 56
Mar 31, 2019
Me too ;)
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Level 81
Jul 16, 2016
Got them all - Eritrea took some thinking about but, wow! That's a scary list.
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Level 84
Feb 23, 2017
Scary?
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Level 89
Oct 8, 2018
sseltihs deracs saw I
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Level 82
Nov 6, 2018
Pretty scary if you are a country full of Jews surrounded by heavily militarized countries committed to your destruction, yeah, I would say so.
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Level 60
Oct 8, 2019
@Kalbahamut A more accurate description would be "A nuclear armed Jewish country, that claims territory declared undefined by UN, surrounded by heavily armed Muslim countries."

Also, our (the Muslims') stand on the Palestine conflict is not that we are against Jews, it is that we are against the violation of the UN Resolution by the Israelies. Israelites. Israeliites? Whatever they are called. We know not all Jews are against Islam.

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Level 82
Nov 19, 2019
Israeli. And the description I gave was accurate enough.
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Level 45
May 14, 2020
Are we forgetting that war with Israel in the past was always started by her neighbors?
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Level 76
May 14, 2020
They've been attacked first in some (notably the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars), and they've been the aggressors in others (the 1950's Reprisals, Sinai War, Lebanon War). The whole list of Israel-involved wars is here.
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Level 82
Aug 4, 2020
Jerry: mostly right, but in the 2006 Israeli/Hizbollah conflict was not initiated by Israel. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when it started as antagonistic and violent actions had been taken by both sides going back at least to 2000 when Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon, and arguably to 1948, with routine reprisals and counter-reprisals so it depends on what point in time you want to pick out. But before Israel went in to Lebanon again in 2006, Hizbollah invaded Israeli territory killing three Israeli soldiers and capturing two which they brought back to Lebanon as hostages. This is what led to the counter-invasion.
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Level 75
Sep 8, 2023
It's a settler colony, based on the expulsion of indigenous people. It's not different in that sense from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and others. If you place indigenous resistance in chapter one of your story, and characterize it as violence, you're obviously very cool with settler colonialism.
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Level 76
Jan 10, 2024
Yes, agreed. I've always considered it the weakest of excuses to displace a population that has lived somewhere for 2000 years by a new group claiming they inhabited it before those 2000 years started and therefore they have a right to shunt the current lot out by force. No different from what white settlers did to American Indians in the 1800s, Nazis did to European Jews in the 1930s and 1940s, and Azerbaijanis did to Artsakhians in 2023. Peaceful co-habitation has never been more needed there than it is now, but that has been true of that region since 1947 (and probably before then as well).
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Level 79
Oct 8, 2019
Eritrea is not on the list ?!?!
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Level 76
Nov 13, 2016
I think Quizmaster has decided to mark my recent month in Israel by adding this to the feature list - though ironically including a photo of almost the only famous tourist thing we didn't do! With the tiny inflow and prolonged drought conditions, the Dead Sea is projected to completely dry up in about 120 years, joining the Aral Sea as a famous ex-sea.
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Level 67
Dec 30, 2016
Then it will literally be a "Dead" Sea.
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Level 43
Apr 6, 2018
Was eritrea on this list previously? If so how come it has been removed?
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Level 76
Apr 6, 2018
Not sure, but at 1330 km it's the nearest miss.
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Level 82
Nov 22, 2018
You definitely should have gone. I was in Israel for 3 months and visited the Dead Sea 2 or 3 times and it was one of the more interesting things I saw there. Though I also loved Masada and everything in the old city of Jerusalem.
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Level 50
Dec 24, 2016
You miss Ukraine
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Level 76
Nov 22, 2018
If you treat Crimea as a part of the Ukraine then it would be on this quiz in 20th place, 1244 km away. This quiz treats Crimea as a part of Russia, which puts Ukraine just off the list at 1389 km away.
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Level 25
Jan 4, 2017
Eritrea?
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Level 76
Jan 4, 2017
1330 km / 827 mi.
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Level 61
Feb 23, 2017
Missed Sudan.
+1
Level 32
Mar 18, 2017
Missed Romania
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Level 37
May 1, 2017
Libya but not Ethiopia, Tunisia or Algeria? I give up!
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Level 47
Jan 26, 2018
I gotta say that this 'closest countries to' series contains some of my favorite quizzes on Jetpunk
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Level 69
Sep 1, 2018
It just goes to show you how much looking at distorted, flat, map projections has so completely distorted our understanding of reality.
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Level 76
Nov 22, 2018
Can you make a 'series' of 'countries closest to' please? So I can see where I need to improve :D
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Level 76
Nov 22, 2018
Done!
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Level 62
Aug 29, 2019
Triggered Palestinians incoming
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Level 70
Oct 8, 2019
I'm Palestinian? I learn something new every day.
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Level 27
Oct 6, 2019
wtf romania
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Level 65
Oct 8, 2019
Not sure if "Can you name the countries whose territory lies closest to Israel?" is the best instruction. Sounds like you are not excluding external territories, in which case UK would be on the list.
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Level 65
Oct 8, 2019
USA is pretty far up Israel's arse, can't get much closer than that.
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Level 60
Oct 8, 2019
*Tea has been spilled*
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Level 38
Oct 8, 2019
How did Romania get on if Malta Albania Macedonia Kosovo Montenegro didn't?
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Level 82
Oct 8, 2019
Are you getting Malta confused with Cyprus?
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Level 69
Oct 8, 2019
Doesnt the UK have like some military base UK territory in Cyprus because of the tea in there?
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Level 74
Oct 8, 2019
Yeah, two actually. But not for the tea - we've moved on from that (was there ever tea in Cyprus?). Our more modern/sophisticated palate is there for the olive oil these days
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Level 68
Feb 21, 2022
Unfortunately, when you visit some of the touristy cities of Cyprus, you'll see that the tourists don't all come for the olive oil. Paphos, for instance, has fewer than 50 000 inhabitants, and two McDonald's and two KFCs, which stay closed in the winter. Although, the English are not the only ones to blame, as it's also overrun by Russians!
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Level 82
Apr 24, 2022
I've never seen a McDonald's in the USA as busy as some of the ones I've been in or passed by recently in the remote (not-touristy) regions of Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Poland.
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Level 76
Feb 22, 2022
The UK territories were retained by the UK when they granted independence to Cyprus in 1960, though they are territories in the most slender use of the word. There are no marked borders and you would never know whether you're in Cyprus or the territories. They are demarcated only as a way of securing the UK's military bases on the island.
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Level 50
Jun 28, 2020
Got them all with 5 seconds remaning. It took me 1 min to get Romania and Russia lol.
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Level 20
Jul 23, 2020
armenia and georgia is nearer than azerbaijan?

Nakhchivan?

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Level 76
Jul 23, 2020
Yes, even with Nakhchivan - in fact the closest point is in Nakhchivan.
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Level 35
Aug 21, 2020
Sudan shocked me when I guessed it.
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Level 28
Sep 10, 2020
same!
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Level 82
Feb 21, 2022
There might be an exposed wire making contact with the inside bottom of your laptop.
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Level 28
Sep 10, 2020
How did I get Sudan and not Lebanon....
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Level 49
Jun 1, 2021
it would be hilarious if it didn't count Iran and Iraq because they dont recognize it
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Level 30
Aug 23, 2021
I am surprised Romania and Russia are on this list and well...

I also missed Cyprus:(

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Level 70
Dec 3, 2021
Should the UK count for its territory on the island of Cyprus (Akrotiri and Dhekelia)?
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Level 25
Feb 28, 2022
does it make me dumb that i guessed Israel?
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Level 21
Mar 25, 2022
My first guess was Eritrea I'm surprised it was not on here.
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Level 33
Sep 10, 2022
got bulgaria with 2 seconds left.
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Level 37
Nov 18, 2022
Iran and Kuwait, but not Yemen and Qatar?
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Level 49
Sep 10, 2023
Lol I missed Kuwait that was obvious
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Level 33
Oct 11, 2023
got everything but turkey
+1
Level 45
Nov 28, 2023
How did i miss cyprus
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Level 27
Jan 8, 2024
Who else came to the comment section to watch the fighting?
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Level 46
Mar 13, 2024
LETS GOOOOOOOOOOO

I struggled on Sudan a bit.

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Level 30
Mar 15, 2024
according to your 'closest to cyprus' quiz shouldn't UK also be included?