State of Israel
Medinat Yisrael (Hebrew)
Dawlat Israil (Arabic)
Note: Information on Palestinian affairs, formerly included (until the 2008 edition) in this article under Occupied and Previously Occupied Territories, is now covered in the article at the end of the Governments section called the Palestinian Authority/Palestine Liberation Organization.
Note: Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Barak and four other members of the Knesset resigned from the Israel Labor Party on January 17, 2011, and formed a new government-supportive parliamentary faction called Independence, which accepted cabinet positions in a collateral reshuffle. Meanwhile, the eight remaining Labor legislators, reflecting growing party dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of peace negotiations with the Palestinians, moved into opposition, and Labor relinquished its cabinet posts.
Political Status: Independent republic established May 14, 1948; ...