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Countries that Don't Recognize Israel

28 UN members don't recognize the State of Israel.
Among them are 15 of the 22 members of the Arab League. A further 10 are members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.
Grey countries have withdrawn recognition of Israel. Pink countries have suspended diplomatic relations.
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Arab League
Algeria
Comoros
Djibouti
Iraq
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Mauritania
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
Syria
Tunisia
Yemen
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Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Brunei
Indonesia
Iran
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Niger
Pakistan
Communist
Cuba
North Korea
Other
Venezuela
+18
Level 81
Sep 15, 2020
Happy to see this list shrinking!
+3
Level 56
Sep 18, 2020
I nominated
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Level 84
Oct 18, 2021
Solid quiz. And reasonable breakdown which shows that this is less about reality than prejudice. Though.. I think I would just group the last 3 together as "countries with foreign policy deliberately belligerent and antagonistic toward the United States who have mistakenly conflated Israel with the US." Cuba and North Korea aren't really Communist, anyway. And Venezuela is not really Socialist. They're all just countries led by corrupt authoritarian governments who use these words as an excuse for autocracy. The DPRK removed all references to Communism from its Constitution in 2009 - so in their case they're not even pretending anymore.

Of course in the case of the first two, their stance toward Israel is largely a holdover of the Cold War when the USSR was more closely aligned with Syria and Egypt pre-Sadat, and the US was more aligned with Israel post-'67 or at least post-'73, and they were just following the Soviets' lead. So, fair enough categorization.

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Level 82
Oct 18, 2021
Fair point, but "countries with foreign policy deliberately belligerent and antagonistic toward the United States who have mistakenly conflated Israel with the US" is a bit too long for the table. While it's debatable whether there has ever truly been a Communist state, the fact that the party in power is called the Communist Party of Cuba and the Workers' Party of Korea is good enough to list them as Communist for the sake of simplicity in this quiz.
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Level 54
Jan 19, 2022
"mistakenly conflated"?

Hate to break it to you but the US are a proud sponsor of Israel and the Palestinian genocide.

+3
Level 82
Jan 19, 2022
So is Canada. Name a Western country that doesn't support Israel.
+5
Level 54
Jan 21, 2022
Don't know how you define support, but I define proud sponsor as a nation who has been giving Israel billions of dollars worth of military aid every year for decades. That's just the usa for now.
+3
Level 82
Jan 21, 2022
Other countries give similar amounts of aid relative to their defense budget. Other Western countries have evangelicals who can't wait for Jesus to come back and end the world.
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Level 54
Jan 22, 2022
I could be giving similar amounts of aid according to my budget. The reality is that Israel has been able to fight the Arabs for so long because the United States want them to. Israel exists where and how it does because the United States want them to.
+2
Level 84
Jul 11, 2022
You've broken nothing to anyone, some of us just know more about the subject than you do. Your follow-up comments are laughably biased and wrong, as well.
+2
Level 61
Jul 16, 2022
Many Christians, myself included, understand that God gave the land to Israel. And yet Israel currently "occupies" a very tiny percentage of that.

Even if you don't believe the Bible, the Balfour Declaration gives Israel the right to it. And to defend themselves when threatened.

Every time a 2 state solution has been presented, it was not the Israelis who rejected the deal. And when they have given up land, it resulted in their enemies using that territory to launch rockets further into Israel, proving that giving up more land will never solve the problem.

And the propaganda coming from the opposition is ridiculous. There is no apartheid and the non-Israelis who live in "Palestine" are not treated as second-class citizens.

With all of the anti-Semitism in the world, why should Muslims be the ones demanding more land? Israel is the size of New Jersey and they cannot even be left in peace to live there without people trying to force them out. It's not just sad, it's evil.

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Level 82
Jul 16, 2022
The Biblical Kingdom of Israel had quite different borders from the State of Israel. (Here's a decent comparison from Pinterest.) The land given to the Israelites by God didn't include the Negev or the Gulf of Aqaba.

God and the Bible aren't good arguments for recognition of the State of Israel, even in religious circles. A strong argument is that a stateless people that was nearly exterminated, would always experience hate and oppression as minorities in anyone else's country. They had earned a homeland through millennia of anti-Semitism and expulsion, and the Holocaust. That granting them a state in their ancestral homeland necessarily antagonized the Arabs living in the region is unfortunate, but there was never going to be a solution that would make everyone happy.

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Level 67
Jul 19, 2022
It's just untrue that Israel beat the Arabs primarily because of U.S. support. In 1948, 1967 and 1973, there was minimal U.S. aid. The aid started mostly with the Camp David Agreement where Israel and Egypt made peace, and the U.S. committed to supplying both sides with weaponry for their defense. We have since given billions to Israel and (fewer) billions to Egypt.
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Level 64
Jan 19, 2022
I do not like current (or past) Israeli actions against the Palestinians, but I do think there should be a Jewish state
+7
Level 54
Jan 19, 2022
Agreed, every nation deserves their own state. Having said that, zionism specifically is a joke gone too far.
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Level 75
Jan 19, 2022
What do the communist nations have against Israel?
+7
Level 82
Jan 19, 2022
During the Cold War, the US and USSR fought proxy wars through allies. The US allied with Israel, so the USSR allied with their Arab neighbors. Other Communist countries opposed Israel in solidarity with the USSR.
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Level 76
Jan 19, 2022
To preface, just answering the question, not injecting my own opinion, even if I only know the answer by just now asking a Leninist I know.

In Leninism, the self-determination of nations and anti-imperialism are of utmost importance, and in fact each of those are entire books written by Lenin. Since Israel was established by the British Empire and is an apartheid settler-colony (not trying to be inflammatory, that's straight from the United Nations https://undocs.org/A/HRC/4/17 and the African National Congress https://www.haaretz.com/1.5001173), the state of Israel is considered oppressive by Leninists and they think it should be replaced by a state that does not officially prioritize any religion or nationality. Also, Communist countries suffer under near-universal blockades, like Gaza and the West Bank do, so there's probably a solidarity factor there too.

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Level 84
Jul 11, 2022
What an outrageous load of crap. Jesus. Oh yeah, no opinions injected here at all.... or maybe they're not your opinions but those of your friend who labels himself a devotee of thuggish gangster V.I. Lenin.

sumguy's explanation is much more accurate. Israel had strong socialist leanings early on before decades later eventually pivoting toward the US. But both the US and the USSR frequently abandoned or ignored their own stated principles during the Cold War when it came to trying to win countries to their own sphere of influence. Egypt, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Cuba, Iran, etc... all pivoted from one to the other, in various directions, and rarely did much change when they did. Swapping out one dictator for another.

"Anti-imperialism is of utmost importance to Leninism"... did you honestly type that with a straight face? Yeah. The USSR was SO concerned with self-determination...tell that to the Estonians, the Czechs, the Afghans, the Georgians, Eastern Poles, Ukrainians, etc etc etc

+3
Level 37
Jun 20, 2022
All are 3rd world countries.

Good evening from Israel.

+2
Level 55
Jun 26, 2022
Stupid question but... it turns out that they consider Israel part of Palestine, or no man's land?
+6
Level 82
Jun 26, 2022
There may be countries that support Palestine's claim to Israel. For everyone else, it's about denying or failing to recognize the legitimacy of the state of Israel and its government, which doesn't require recognizing the land as belong to anyone else or no one.
+1
Level 67
Jul 19, 2022
Honestly it's stunning the number of Arab countries that outright recognize Israel now. For decades it seemed like it would always be zero. Now its:

* Egypt

* Jordan

* Morocco

* Bahrain

* UAE

Oman is rumored to be next. Saudi Arabia may not even be many years away! But through the entire Arab world, the notion that Israel is THE big geopolitical story has markedly faded. Israel is increasingly just another country.

+1
Level 82
Jul 19, 2022
But what do you have to offer them to bring them on board?

"Until 2020, no other member state of the United Nations had ever officially recognized Moroccan sovereignty over parts of Western Sahara. In 2020, the United States recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara in exchange for Moroccan normalization of relations with Israel."