Where is Israel?

Where is Israel located on the world map?

Good question. The size of Israel makes it hard to find on the world map (it is only about the size of New Jersey or, to be exact, 22,000 km² or 8,500 mi²), so let me help you find it...

Here is a general map of the area that will help you locate Israel in relation to its neighbors (zoom in to see more detail of Israel and its close neighbors or zoom out to see its location in the world as a whole):

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Israel is located in the western part of Asia, in an area of the world that is generally referred to as the Middle East. To the west of the country you will find the Mediterranean Sea. To the east you will find the kingdom of Jordan. In the north is Lebanon, and in the northeast side you will discover the border with Syria. On the south west side is Egypt.

By the way, if you zoom in to the map you will see there are also three areas within Israel that are designated with dashed or broken lines. Two of these are Palestinian territories and the third is the Golan Heights. The reason all three are depicted as such is because they are still subject to negotiations and/or not fully recognized by either Israel or its neighbors or other nations. Basically, it means that it's complicated.

The first of the Palestinian territories is the aforementioned Gaza Strip, which is on the west coast of Israel next to Egypt. The second Palestinian territory is the West Bank, a larger area in the east part of Israel, which actually borders with Jerusalem. The Palestinian territories are not recognized as a sovereign nation, but their people are self-governed. There is still debate about whether the Palestinians should be recognized as an independent nation or not, and this is a key issue as part of the ongoing peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians.

The third area is the Golan Heights in the north-east of Israel (next to the Sea of Galilee, which Israel secured in 1967 and has occupied since then. It is still disputed today as being a Syrian territory. By the way, Israel has offered it to Syria a few times in exchange for a peace agreement, but to no avail. As I said, it's complicated.

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