The earliest known mention of the name 'Israel', probably referring to a group of people rather than to a place, is the Egyptian Merneptah Stele dated to about 1211 BCE. For over 3,000 years, Jews have regarded the Land of Israel as their homeland, both as a Holy Land and as a Promised land. The land of Israel holds a special place in Jewish religious obligations, encompassing Judaism's most important sites — including the remains of the First and Second Temples, as well as the rites concerning those temples. Starting around 1200 BCE, a series of Jewish kingdoms and states existed intermittently in the region for more than a millennium.

After a massive influx of Jews around 1920, the British Foreign Secretary (British liberated parts of the middle east in WWI from the Ottoman empire therefore according to them, it was under their control) Arthur J. Balfour issued the Balfour Declaration that "viewed with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people". Balfour promised the Jews a santuary although people (Arabs but as well as Jews) had already settled there. The area can be related to that of the earlier bedouin tribes in the Sanai peninsula.

Although there may not be a Palestine country per say, but the name was given to the area by the Roman empire. It was not fake infact it was spelled Palaestine.

The State may have an extremely powerful (for it's size) army, but it has been aided by the United States throughout its existance. Also credit going to the country as a whole for being as successful as it is, but once again there would not be an established government without the United States' support.

And to respond to Blue_blooded Israel's GDP is ranked 53rd on the list of countries in the world, the United Kingdom, which is otherwise known as England is ranked 6th. The standards of living may be closely related, but the GDP is no where near the standard of the United Kingdom.

Although when it is all said and done today Israel is an established state that is supported by the United States and also a prolific nuclear superpower. It isn't going anywhere anytime soon unless the United States realizes that Democracy will never survive in a radicallly islamic part of the world.
Israel invaded the Arab section of the state because of a kidnapping, a bit overzealous?
Top Definition
a country the size of your fingernail that gets 10% of all international media coverage and has more trouble than half the rest of the world.
"holy shit, did you see what just happened in Israel?"
by shaik September 17, 2005
Israel is a country located in the middle east. Its capital city is Jerusalem. it has about 6,500,000 inhabitants. 81.5% of the population are jews, 17 % arabs and the remaining are christians, druze, circassian and other small communities.
Hebrew and arabic are the official languages of israel.
" Last year i traveled in Israel, i went to the holly places in Jerusalem, swimmed in the Sea of Galilee, and went clubbin in Tel-aviv"
by d-m July 25, 2005
Something everyone wants, but has no oil (see Chanukah).

Antonym: See Saudi Arabia for 'something no one wants, but has oil.'
"That mercedes is a lot like Israel."
by Jacob The Just December 15, 2005
1. Battlefield since 5000 BC.
2. Home of Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
3. Gets more media coverage then any other country.
4. A place that the rest of the middle east, and probably half of the world, want to blow up.
5. A country with really hot girls.
1. Wow, the Jews rebelled three times, and the last time the Romans invaded, destroying homes and raping wives?
Terrorist 1: Lets blow up Israel!
Terrorist 2: We can't America is giving it a bunch of weapons.
Terrorist 1: Ohh....LETS BLOW UP AMERICA!!
2. I visited Israel with my Islam and Christian friend!

3. Tonight, on CNN; we have nothing better to do than to cover another terrorist attack on Israel...
Jon Stewart: Wow.
5. College kid: Holy shit, visiting Israel was worth it.

College kid 2: Hell yea check out that ass!
by starwarsgeek133 April 20, 2010
"A land flowing with milk and honey..."
Shemot (Exodus) 3:8

Eretz Israel (Land of Israel) is a small, narrow, semi-arid piece of land on the southeastern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. It entered history some 35 centuries ago when the Jewish people forsook their nomadic way of life, settled in the Land and became a nation. Over the years, the Land was known by many names - Eretz Israel; Zion, one of Jerusalem's hills which came to signify both the city and the Land of Israel as a whole; Palestine, derived from Philistia, and first used by the Romans; the Promised Land; and the Holy Land, to mention but a few. Mountains and plains, fertile fields and deserts are often minutes apart.
Now Israel, listen to the rules and laws that I am teaching you to do, so that you will remain alive and come to occupy the land that G-d, Lord of your fathers, is giving you."
Dvarim (Deuteronomy) 4:1
by Jewishfan January 21, 2010
The State of the Jewish people. Country in the Middle East surrounded by countries that hate them. Israel tries to make peace with its' neighbours, who just attack Israel instead of making an effort to make peace as well. Israel does not depend on America. Israel has no interest in killing Palestinians or Arab. When Israel drops a bomb on a neighbouring country, it is to blow up a building holding weapon's so Israel doesn't get attacked more. Israeli planes drop flyers telling people to go into shelter before dropping bombs. Israel is a country that is hated by most media. Propaganda lies are made to get everyone to think Israel kills Palestinian children and adults for no reason, although Palestinians kill their own citizens more than the Israelis do.
A ton of missiles were fired at Israel today.
by fruitloopsfromouterspace January 05, 2014
A small Jewish state in the middle east that drives anti-semites insane... especially middle class honky commies and fascists in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand who hide behind the so-called "Palestinians" ( actually Egyptian and Jordanian squatters and Arab gypsy outcasts)to camouflage their rabid but impotent anti-Jewish rage. The so-called "Palestinians" are also a cause celebre among Arab grievance pimps worldwide despite the fact that Arab cuntries treat the so-called "Palestinians" far worse than the Israelis could ever imagine doing.
Israel is a nice country that is located in a very bad neighborhood. Sometimes they have to take matters into their own hands and break some heads in order to survive. The rest of the world hates that fact because Jews aren't supposed to fight back.
by RonnieThe Great January 19, 2009

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