Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem.

Israel and Palestine have been locked in a decades-long conflict, rooted in both having claims to the Holy Land. Israel has a close relationship with the United States, which has long sought a two-state solution to the crisis.

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Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu's statement on Hamas war