The Jewish people's sacred connection to the Land of Israel has remained unbroken since God bequeathed it to them in his covenant with Abraham. Despite many expulsions and millennia of persecution, Jews have maintained a continuous presence in the land - and their eternal capital, Jerusalem.
The State of Israel is the Middle East's only democracy, providing the full rights of citizenship for people of all cultures and faiths. Israeli law protects the free exercise of religion - and ensures that all faiths have unimpeded access to its many holy sites. The country is home to a lively free press, vibrant civil society, and independent judicial system. Like all Western democracies, Israel struggles to ensure socio-economic equality for all of its minority populations. However, Jews and Arabs; Christians and Muslims; and men and women all participate in public life, contributing to the rich tapestry of Israeli culture.
- When Israel unified Jerusalem in 1967, the city's holy sites were opened to all peoples for worship. Learn how a united Jerusalem has thrived under Israeli control.
- Israel's Arab minority has risen to the highest levels of Israeli society.
- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) includes soldiers from all segments of society. A Muslim soldier in the Israel military shares his story.
- Learn more about Israel's democratic institutions.
In just over seven decades, Israel has transitioned from a developing nation to a "startup nation" with one of the most advanced, technology-driven economies in the world. Israel is on the cutting edge in science, medicine, high-tech, and agriculture. As a leader in disaster relief and international development, the Jewish State continues to change lives in all corners of the globe - from aiding earthquake victims in Haiti to bringing agricultural technology to Africa.
Since its founding more than 70 years ago, the State of Israel has not known one day of peace. Israel's enemies have sought to use all available means to destroy and demoralize it: from military invasions to terrorism to economic and cultural boycotts. The Jewish State now faces a new and growing threat. A global campaign of delegitimization tries to demonize Israelis, deny its government the right to defend its citizens, and subject the country to a double-standard not applied to any other state.
- Ideological roots of this campaign.
- Ten reasons why this campaign is immoral and hinders peace.
- Why the Palestinian Authority is also against this campaign.
- How the UN is a leader in this campaign.
- How the press plays a part in this campaign.
Those behind this campaign use a variety of means to advance their agenda.
- They stage provocations designed to cause violence and embarrass Israel in the public arena.
- They use the voting dynamics of international organizations like the UN to pass resolutions against Israel that do not reflect the facts on the ground.
- Increasingly, they are targeting Christians and other faith communities with false and misleading information.
In the face of this campaign, IsraelAnswers.com provides a platform for dispelling the myths and spreading the truth about Israel.