Israel True or False?

Can you guess whether these statements about the country of Israel are true or false?
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Last updated: June 30, 2021
First submittedJanuary 27, 2021
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1. Arabic is the most commonly-spoken language in Israel
True
False
2. The shores of the Dead Sea have the lowest elevation of any point on land on Earth
True
False
3. While Jerusalem is the official capital of Israel, most foreign embassies are in Tel Aviv
True
False
4. Mossad is the name of the Israeli parliament
True
False
Mossad is Israel's spy agency. Israel's parliament is the Knesset.
5. More than 90% of the world's Jews live in Israel
True
False
Israel has about 28–40% of the world's Jewish population
6. Egypt, Jordan, and Syria have all invaded Israel
True
False
7. King David is said to have built the first temple
True
False
It was King Solomon
8. Soviet Union was opposed to the creation of Israel in 1947
True
False
Soviet Union was one of the strong supporters of the creation of a Jewish state and hoped it would be a Soviet ally in the Middle East
9. The Crusaders were never able to successfully capture Jerusalem
True
False
10. Israel is thought to have nuclear weapons
True
False
11. Actress Gal Gadot is Israeli
True
False
12. Both men and women can be drafted to serve in the Israeli military
True
False
However, Arab citizens of Israel cannot be drafted
13. Israel has one of world's highest life expectancies
True
False
14. Visitors to modern-day Israel can visit Nazareth, the childhood home of Jesus
True
False
15. The ultra-Orthodox Jewish population of Israel is shrinking rapidly
True
False
It is actually growing rapidly
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Level 80
Jul 1, 2021
Arabs can however chose to do the military service anyway
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Level 75
Jul 1, 2021
Wow...i did terribly. Good questions though.
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Level 83
Jul 1, 2021
Is there a draft in Israel? My understanding was that ALL Jewish Israeli citizens have to go through compulsory military service when they reach 18, men I think for 3 years and women for 2? (meaning all Israeli 18-19 year old females are in the IDF; this + the fact that Israelis are among the most attractive people on Earth = IDF hands down the hottest armed forces on average in the world) Though people can get exceptions for various reasons. I think the ultra-Orthodox Jews can be exempt. Druze and Circassians are usually mandated to enlist even though they're not really Jewish. Muslim and Christian citizens of Israel are not required to enlist but they are allowed to volunteer and some do.
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Level ∞
Jul 2, 2021
There is not a lottery or random selection process, if that's what you mean.

In this case draft simply means "conscription", and doesn't imply a drawing such as what happened in the U.S. during Vietnam.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/draft#Noun

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Level 83
Jul 7, 2021
okay. I just wouldn't use the word draft to describe universal mandatory military service.
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Level 63
Jul 7, 2021
Draft is commonly used to refer to any system of conscription, whether the Vietnam-era U.S. lottery or conscription in the world wars for any power.
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Level 83
Jul 8, 2021
that may well be true. But when I think of draft or conscription in my mind I don't think of universal compulsory military service. I think more of something that is either random or else a one-time thing used during war time to rapidly expand the size of a military. Other countries also have compulsory universal military service, like Syria (though they exempt women). I wouldn't think of what happens in Syria as a draft, either. Perhaps the word associations and connotations in my brain are odd.
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Level 32
Jul 7, 2021
Nazareth is in Belgium, though
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Level 57
Oct 13, 2021
It is also a city in Israel as well as being a municipality in Belgium. Many places in the west have Israeli names because of their biblical connotation.
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Level 61
Jul 7, 2021
Good quiz! The term "ultra-Orthodox Jewish population" seems a bit hard to define though. What constitutes an "ultra-Orthodox Jewish" person and how can their growth be measured exactly?
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Level 83
Jul 7, 2021
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Level 83
Jul 7, 2021
and their growth is measured by counting how many of them there are year-to-year. They tend to have a lot of kids.
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Level 55
Jul 8, 2021
Great quiz! I have been to Israel, and it's probably just as diverse (if not more) than the U.S. Some great people there, all of whom have fascinating but harrowing histories. I noticed that many Israelis have become disenfranchised by the rightward shift in politics since President Begin. It's a real shame that the government (supported by the majority of people) has become so apartheidic toward the Palestinians. I remember one elderly Israeli telling me "We are supposed to be God's chosen ones? Why us? Look at what we do to them."
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Level 73
Jul 11, 2021
Natalie Portman was also born in Israel. Maybe that would make for a trickier question than Gal Gadot?
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Level 58
Nov 3, 2021
Idk, Natalie Portman is more famous I'd say. I knew she was Israeli, I didn't knew Gal Gadot was (anything).

On another note. Some strange questions:

"Israel is thought to have nuclear weapons"

WHO thinks this? The answer to this question could be yes no matter the country.

"Israel has one of world's highest life expectancies"

Ok... So does Uganda, Chad or North Korea. "one of the worlds" means nothing (except that it's in this world). Israel is on place 12.

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Level 83
Feb 22, 2022
It means something. For example I could say, "this is one of the most pedantic comments I've read on this site." Let's say that there were 10 million comments left on the site in total. Could we conclude that this comment was the 10 millionth most pedantic? Obviously not. The 9 millionth? No, clearly. Maybe the 4 millionth most pedantic? That would be a big stretch and everyone would understand that, but, maybe if I was being a bit of a weasel with my language. Most people would understand that it was at least in the top million - top 10% or so. Chad has the lowest life expectancy in the world, so anyone claiming that they had "one of the world's highest" would obviously be full of poo.
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Level 45
Apr 6, 2022
"However, Arab citizens of Israel cannot be drafted"

This is false, Druze citizens of Israel which are ethnically Arab often serve in the IDF