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The State of Israel is seated on a portion of land in the Middle East, known from 1920 to 1948 as Palestine, that is also a holy land for a number of religions, among them Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Druze and Baha’i Faith. A representative democracy with a parliamentary system of government, modern Israel is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip, both Palestinian territories.

Since its founding, the population of Israel has grown more than 10-fold as its economy has transitioned from a primarily socialist one to a free market economy based on capitalism, with some of its original social welfare system still intact.  

Enmity from its neighbors has impacted Israel from the time of its independence in 1948. Israeli jurisdiction over the holy city of Jerusalem is a focus of international dispute, and conflict over Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories has shaped the country’s internal political and social structures as well as its international relations.

Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu. who first served as prime minister during the tempestuous time from 1996 until 1999 and was later re-elected in 2009 and 2015, faces perhaps his greatest challenge as changes sparked by the Arab Spring in 2011 continue to roil and reshape the Middle East. Israel itself is being convulsed by an internal social movement clamoring for solutions to a severe housing shortage, a rising cost of living and a deterioration of public services.

The predominant issue shaping Netanyahu’s current term as prime minister may well be Israel’s confrontations with Iran. which he accuses of being the primary financial support for Hezbollah. Netanyahu has continually and forcefully argued about the dangers of allowing Iran to have nuclear capabilities, often describing his unfaltering stance against a nuclear-armed Iran as a lifetime mission. Israel is a critical strategic ally for the United States in the Middle East, and American government leaders and lawmakers have long expressed strong support, both politically and in the form of foreign aid, for the State of Israel.

Israeli court sentences two Israeli teenagers, one to life term, for July 2014 slaying of 16-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir; crime was viewed as response to murder-kidnapping of three Israeli students in West Bank by men loyal to Hamas, and sparked seven-week war in Gaza; victim's family insists both offenders deserve life sentences. MORE

Israeli border police officers fatally shoot three Palestinians who attacked fellow officers, killing one, in East Jerusalem; officials say officers thwarted preparation of pipe bombs for later attack; skirmish is latest in four-month wave of violence that has convulsed region. MORE

Israeli government's decision to allow mixed prayer for women alongside men at Jerusalem's Western Wall underscores divide between Israel and its Orthodox establishment and diaspora; difference is particularly palpable in United States, where most Jews identify as Reform or Conservative. MORE

Letter from Danny Danon, Israeli envoy to United Nations, responds to Feb 1 Op-Ed by UN Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon arguing policy changes and political compromise must accompany security measures in any settlement of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. MORE

Israeli government passes resolution to create prayer space for non-Orthodox Jews at Western Wall holy site; decision is praised by non-Orthodox Reform and Conservative Jews but leaves out any language recognizing non-Orthodox denominations. MORE

Op-Ed article by United Nations Sec Gen Ban Ki-Moon defends his assertion, against Israeli criticism, that indefinite occupation will always provoke resistance; argues end to violence between Israelis and Palestinians requires significant policy changes and political compromises, not just security measures; worries window to establish two-state solution is closing. MORE

France announces it will organize international conference aimed at bringing end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that it will recognize Palestinian statehood if undertaking fails. MORE

Israeli Pres Reuven Rivlin makes public number of original documents from war crimes case of Adolf Eichmann during event to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 71st anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz; one of documents is letter in which Eichmann pleads for his life, saying that he was merely following orders when he participated in annihilation of millions of Jews by Nazi Germany. MORE

Pres Obama becomes first sitting American president to speak at Israeli Embassy, urging continued vigilance against anti-Semitism at celebration posthumously honoring non-Jewish Americans who risked their lives to save Jews during Holocaust; president's appearance comes after two countries' intimate connection was frayed by bitter disagreement over 2015 Iran nuclear accord. MORE

Op-Ed article by author Eyal Press urges Pres Obama to reconsider legislation that would collapse distinction between Israel proper and its West Bank settlements for international trade purposes; cites Human Right Watch report which considers economic activity in occupied areas abusive in its effect on Palestinians. MORE

Israeli Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu rebukes United Nations Sec Gen Ban Ki-moon for criticizing Israeli settlements during remarks on Palestinian violence against Israeli citizens; Ban's comments, which came on same day Israeli woman died from stab wounds from Palestinian assailant, condemned attacks but acknowledged Palestinian frustration over decades of occupation. MORE

Israeli police report stabbing of two Israeli women, one of whom was severely wounded, by two Palestinian assailants; is third stabbing attacks in occupied West Bank in eight days, all of which targeted women. MORE

Israeli security guard fatally shoots 13-year-old Palestinian girl Ruqayya Eid Abu Eid near West Bank settlement of Anatot. MORE

Arrest of Israeli Jewish left-wing activist Ezra Nawi has become latest example of increasingly contentious debate over nature of Israeli society and its democracy; Nawi was arrested for using questionable tactics to expose those who sell Palestinian land to Jewish settlers, which were uncovered when rival group used hidden camera to record him; tension between left and right in country has been intensified by proposed legislation calling for nongovernmental organizations to disclose funding from foreign governments. MORE

Israeli Defense Min Moshe Yaalon says troops forcibly removed around 80 Jewish settlers from two houses in Hebron in West Bank; settlers had broken law by not receiving permission from military to enter houses and did not have permits necessary to make real estate deals in West Bank. MORE

Editorial points to unfair criticism made by Israeli Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing government about speech given by Daniel Shapiro, American ambassador in Tel Aviv; says fiery backlash is further evidence of Israeli government's move away from seeking two-state solution, for which, lamentably, it may be too late. MORE

Op-Ed article by retired Israeli Major Gen Yoav Gallant argues respect for Arab community and recognition of its interdependence with Jewish citizenry is necessary to curb terrorism and violence in Israel; calls for effort to fight crime and poverty in Arab communities, support their social and economic institutions and allocate more land for Arab population; holds Jews and Arabs have coexisted for centuries and must continue to do so. MORE

Authorities arrest nine people in connection with suspected price-fixing scheme for Israeli high school groups visiting Holocaust sites in Poland. MORE

Brothers Bill and Tom Silverstein donate flag from ship Exodus, historic vessel that carried 4,500 Holocaust survivors to Palestine in 1947, to Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington; symbol of ill-fated voyage, in which all aboard were turned away from sanctuary by British is viewed as particularly poignant today as Middle East and Africa refugee crisis grows. MORE

Sa’ir in West Bank has become hotbed for stabbings and attempted stabbings by young Palestinians; 12 young people have been killed over past three months after attempting to attack Israeli soldiers; Palestinian political leaders embrace dead as martyrs resisting Israel’s occupation of West Bank, but fear harsher crackdown. MORE

Israeli Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu asserts Israel will never allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons, expressing continued opposition to nuclear deal and his intention to ensure Iran keeps to bargain; Netanyahu's statement reflects regional anxieties over deal. MORE

Jerusalem Journal; Israel's effort to evict Palestinian families from disputed apartments in Old City draws resistance; Palestinians decry Israeli attempt to infiltrate Muslim quarter and complicate any future establishment of East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital; Israel asserts right to reclaim properties owned by Jews before country's 1948 founding. MORE

Israeli missile strike targets group of men it claims were Palestinian militants preparing to attack Israeli forces along border with northern Gaza, killing one of the men and wounding three others. MORE

United Methodist Church removes five Israeli banks from its investment portfolio over human rights issues. MORE

Four Israelis are indicted on charges of attacking Eritrea migrant Habtom Zerhom, who they mistook for Arab assailant who fatally shot soldier in October 2015. MORE

In Transit blog; Efendi Hotel in Acre, 4,000-year-old port city in northern Israel, is offering four-day trip focusing on culture and history of city and surrounding region of Western Galilee. MORE

Israel's Fire and Rescue Services announces that fire in Jerusalem offices of human rights group B'Tselem was not arson and was caused by electrical problem. MORE

Israeli security service Shin Bet increasingly treats Jewish extremist group known as Revolt as terrorist network; group of primarily high-school dropouts has upset West Bank's pro-settlement community with its violent acts; some settler activists, while acknowledging seriousness of group's crimes, claim Israeli authorities exaggerate threat. MORE

Israeli authorities investigate fire at Jerusalem office of B’Tselem, Palestinian advocacy group criticized by government for soliciting foreign donations; arson suspicions were also raised by timing of blaze, which occurred one day after television report hinted organization member informed Palestinian security about Palestinians selling land to Jews. MORE

Sadel Tech, Israeli technology company staffed exclusively by Bedouins, is rare Arab presence in Israel's otherwise booming high-tech industry; company's chief executive works alongside government ministry to assist glut of young Bedouins in isolated regions who are struggling to find jobs despite graduating from college with technology degrees. MORE

Israeli police fatally shoot Nashat Melhem, Arab Israeli man suspected of killing three people in Tel Aviv shooting rampage. MORE

Israeli military kills four Palestinians attacking soldiers at Gush Etzion and Beit Einoun junctions in the West Bank. MORE

New Jersey high school student Bethany Koval becomes center of social media storm after live-tweeting and secretly recording meeting with Fair Lawn High School principal; Koval was told that Twitter comments she made about Israel might violate New Jersey law against bullying. MORE

Israeli authorities give no indication as to possible motive in shooting at bar in Tel Aviv, and remain unsure off whereabouts of primary suspect Nashat Melhem, an Arab Israeli described by family members as having history of mental disturbances. MORE

Roadside bomb placed by Hezbollah forces as part of attack against Israeli-occupied Sheeba Farms strikes military vehicles but causes no causalities; Israel responds by firing artillery into southern Lebanon. MORE

Haifa Journal; Israel's port city of Haifa has emerged as liberal haven for young, educated and affluent Palestinians who are seeking to escape religious and cultural constraints of conservative Arab community life. MORE

Israeli authorities charge Amiram Ben-Uliel and unnamed minor with American citizenship for July arson attack on Palestinian home in Duma, West Bank which killed three members of Dawabsheh family; lawyers representing accused say Israeli domestic security agency Shin Bet coerced clients into confessing but agency denies claim saying strong methods were needed in order to ascertain guilt. MORE

Israeli Arab gunman opens fire in crowded bar in central Tel Aviv; two Israeli Jews are fatally wounded and at least five others shot; gunman escapes, and authorities say motive is unclear at this time. MORE

Israeli army transfers bodies of 23 Palestinians, all reportedly involved in violence in Israel over last few months, to their families in West Bank. MORE

Israeli Supreme Court overturns main charge in bribery conviction of former Prime Min Ehud Olmert, cutting his six-year prison sentence to 18 months. MORE

Israel and Brazil enter diplomatic strain over Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice for next Brazilian ambassador; Israel announced selection of Dani Dayan, a supporter of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, four months earlier but Brazilians have yet to approve him. MORE

Israeli combat veteran group Breaking the Silence works to highlight societal effects of Israel occupation of West Bank; group provokes condemnation from Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu and nationalist organizations, but has support from retired generals and other law enforcement and security leaders; critics decry group's European funding and its questioning of Israel Defense Forces, country's most trusted institution. MORE

Israeli interior minister and deputy prime minister Silvan Shalom resigns due to sexual harassment allegations. MORE

Israel and Tukey close in on restoration of diplomatic ties, which were severed after bloody 2010 confrontation between Israeli soldiers and Turkish activists aboard ship bringing supplies to Gaza; deal, which would also promote economic cooperation, revives alliance which also benefits United States by increasing Middle East stability. MORE

Israeli Prime Min Benjamin Netanyahu announces government approval for long-delayed agreement that will allow American-Israeli energy partnership develop offshore natural gas field; partnership includes Delek Group and Noble Energy. MORE

Israeli efforts to counter recent wave of violence around Jerusalem, using precisely targeted security measures, have largely succeeded; restrictions on movement, social media and commerce, which Israelis claim are justified reprisals after spate of attacks, frustrate Palestinians who see moves as gratuitous. MORE

Gush Etzion Junction Journal; shopping center which was once fragile oasis of peace in Israeli-occupied West Bank town reflects strain of recent violence there; Palestinian shoppers have largely abandoned complex, now heavily guarded by Israeli soldiers; Israeli residents suspect center was targeted for being symbol of coexistence. MORE

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