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?
Israel is a country.

Israel is also a name. Israel's are usually attractive, sweet and everything a girl would want. But he's also a player. He pretends to care about girls and he's a cheater. Israel is a douche bag.
I hope Israel never speaks to me again.
by Cornelius June 04, 2014
A type of monk or ordaned sprit.
Wow that bishop is such an Israel.
by Criff May 05, 2009
the holy land..other known as the vagina
a word used to say that you had sex with a girl.
John: I went to Israel last night.
Mike: SCORE!!! with Sarah?
John: Yeah, she's so hot. It was amazing.
by sexynoggin October 11, 2011
Possibly the most controversial country to exist.
If you look at the Urbandictionary page on Israel, you can see that no definition has a clear majority of "yes"es or "no"es.
by da black guy next door April 18, 2010
The country getting the greatest amount of American tax dollars
Israel receives $400 million in economic aid and $2.775 billion in military aid while Egypt receives $250 million in economic aid and $1.3 billion in foreign aid. Their total aid package ($3.175 billion to Israel and $1.55 billion to Egypt) account for a third of all US foreign aid and yet neither one of the countries are developing countries.
by Mr Atoz May 15, 2011
Israel is a state on the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean. It is smaller in size than New Jersey. Israel was created by the Zionist movement who came from Western Europe in the first half of the 20th century, in 1948. Prior to 1948 the same land was called Palestine.

Today's Israel is made up of a Jewish majority and an Arab minority. The Arab minority is made up of Palestinians who stayed in their towns and cities after 1948, despite numerous massacres and systematic attacks aimed at killing them or forcing them to flee. Despite being made up of 20% Arabs (Both Christian and Muslim), Israel defines itself as a Jewish state.

Along the years the state of Israel along with its educational and governmental institutions have put in place a system of discriminatory, racist, and hateful tactics aimed at breaking down the Arabs who stayed behind, in hopes that one day Israel will be made up of 100% Jewish blood.

Israel gets most of its financial and military support from the United States. It has succeeded in keeping this ally at bay by employing a well oiled PR machine. In a nutshell Israel has complete control over what the American citizen watches on TV and in various other electronic media outlets. By carefully manipulating viewers, Israel can guarantee that the American public will continue to support its own government's aid and support to Israel. Networks who work hand in hand with the Israeli government and the Israeli lobby include, CNN, MSNBC, and FOX news, CBS, ABC and NBC. Another tactic often used by the pro-Israel lobby is discrediting anyone who speaks unfavorably (or the truth) about Israel by labeling him/her an Anti-Semite, also known as “the Anti-Semite card”.

Israel will eventually lead to the destruction of the United States and the erosion of its economy. This partnership will one day cost us more than a mere $6 billion a year. Just like being a friend with someone whose reputation and actions can destroy one's life, so can this relationship of dominance Israel has had over the U.S. for the last few decades.

Despite all this, however, Israel has managed to inadvertently create a prison for itself. The people of Israel now live in a prison of their own creation, surrounded by a 24ft wall (that is supposed to protect Israelis from suicide bombings by Palestinians in the Occupied Territories) to the east, the sea to the west, a desert to the south. Israel has failed at making friends and has succeeded in creating enemies. Violence begets violence and suffering begets suffering. Israelis walk their own streets in fear. “Suspicious Packages” are a daily occurrence where people’s daily life is disrupted by the fear that someone has planted a bomb in a shopping mall, a bank, a restaurant, on the train or on the bus. The Israeli economy isn’t something to be proud of as most of it is sustained by the occasional financial boost from the US. Israelis live in fear and paranoia 24/7 in a large scale self made prison that is about 200 miles long and about 30 miles across.

Hey Israel, enjoy your self made prison. You earned it.
by Anderson Cooper & Friends August 10, 2006

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