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Israel is a country in the Middle East located on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea.
Israel (Hebrew: יִשְרָאֵל, Yisra'el; Arabic: إسرائيل, Isrā'īl) officially the State of Israel (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְרָאֵל, Medinat Yisra'el; Arabic: دَوْلَةْ إِسْرَائِيل, Dawlat Isrā'īl), is a country in Western Asia located on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, and Egypt on the southwest, and contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. The West Bank and Gaza Strip are also adjacent. The majority of the population are Jews and Israel is the world's only Jewish state. It is also home to other ethnic groups, including Muslims, Christians, Druze, Samaritans and others.
Twilight 2000 1st edition timeline Edit
On November 4, 1995 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, 73 years old, was killed by a right-wing, 27 year old Israeli law student, Yigal Amir, at a Tel Aviv peace rally. Shimon Peres assumed the post of acting Prime Minister. Funeral services were held in Jerusalem on November 6. Foreign dignitaries attending the funeral include the President of the the United States, the President of Egypt, and the King of Jordan.
A general election held on May 29, 1996 sees Binyamin Netanyahu of the Likud party gain 50.5% of the votes for Prime Minister, against 49.5% for Shimon Peres of the Labour party. Elections to the Knesset (Israel's parliament) are equally close-run, with Likud forming a coalition government with the Gesher and Tzomet parties. As Prime Minister Netanyahu emphasized a policy of "three no(s)": no withdrawal from Golan Heights, no discussion of the case of Jerusalem, no negotiations under any preconditions.
In 1999, the Jordanian and the Israeli governments decided to provide the United States Central Command with reinforcements. Their respective governments decided that a presence in the Persian Gulf area would at least insure them a greater say in oil allocation. The Jordanians sent their crack 5th Armored Divsion. The Israelis sent the 35th Parachute Brigade, the 7th Armored Brigade, and supporting units.