My Jewish Learning

Israeli History Quiz

Since its birth in 1948, Israel has had a busy history, dotted with wars and peace treaties. How much do you know about the history of Zionism and the Jewish state?

Question 1. How many members are there in Israel's Knesset (parliament)?


Question 2. In dealing with Israel's Arab neighbors, who advocated for the establishment of an "Iron Wall"?
 Ze'ev Jabotinsky
 Martin Buber
 Abraham Isaac Kook
 David Ben Gurion


Question 3. Who was the first American Consul to Jerusalem?
 Edward Joy Morris
 Warder Cresson
 John C. Calhoun
 Abraham J. Karp


Question 4. Who shot Yitzhak Rabin?
 Yigal Amir
 Levi Eshkol
 Meir Kahane
 Baruch Goldstein


Question 5. Nahmanides said that all Jewish laws were only meant to be performed in the Land of Israel. What did he say about performing mitzvot in exile?
 It is not necessary to perform mitzvot in exile
 By performing mitzvot out of Israel, Jews distinguish themselves from non-Jews
 By performing mitzvot out of Israel, Jews keep tradition alive
 It is necessary to perform mitzvot out of Israel, in hopes of one day returning to the land


Question 6. What world leader famously said the words "Shalom, Chaver" at Yitzhak Rabin's funeral?
 Bill Clinton
 Hillary Clinton
 Yasser Arafat
 Jimmy Carter


Question 7. The first Intifada began in what year?