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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?
 
1.
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
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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.
4. Iran: LETS BLOW UP ISRAEL!
Iraq: LETS BLOW UP ISRAEL!
Jordan: LETS BLOW UP ISRAEL!
Pakistan: LETS BLOW UP ISRAEL!
Lebanon: LETS BLOW UP ISRAEL!
5. College kid: Holy shit, visiting Israel was worth it.

College kid 2: Hell yea check out that ass!
by starwarsgeek133 April 20, 2010
 
5.
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
 
6.
A great country rich in history, has the best food, beautiful scenery, and the gorgeous women on God's green earth. The people may come off as blunt and impatient, but once you get to know them, they're the warmest most friendly people you'll meet.
Come to Israel. You'll love the history, the fod, the natural scenery, and if you're lucky enough, the girls (or guys).

Secular Jewish Guy banging an Israeli girl he hooked up with: "Ah...this truly is the holy land. I'm never fucking leaving this country."

Terrorist: "By Allah, I would love to be caught and interrogated by that sexy Israeli soldier chick."

Pissed off Israeli guy: AAH! Get your ass out of here! Fucking tourists!
by AragornElessar September 23, 2008
 
7.
1. A tiny country that has been the homeland of the Jewish people for at least the past 4,100 years, and will forever be the land of the Jewish people.

2. Adjective for cool, insane, out of the ordinary.

3. Nationality- Israeli(noun), meaning bad-ass, macho, commando, kick-ass.

4. Adjective for being incredibly smart, as this tiny country produces more PhD's per capita than any other country on Earth, making it the most educated country on the planet.
This country has produced innovations in bio-medicine, programming, engineering, etc.
"I'm ma gonna go visit Israel this summer the land of my ancestors, I'm excited!"

"This instant messaging system is Israel! I mean, yea I knew instant messaging was invented in the 1990's by a group of 4 Israeli whizkid 12 yr olds, but this is dope!"

"Fuck dude! You see that Esse knock that cracker out cold with one punch? Esse went all Israeli up on his ass."

"Shit! I hate this fucking SAT...and I forgot my calculator. I need an Israeli for the math section."

"This fucking catapult is due in 2 hours for my advanced physics class, and I have no idea what the fuck to do. I wish I had an Israeli to build it for me, I'd probably win the competition."
by Slywolf76 July 10, 2008