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. What are Israel's official languages?
 Hebrew and English
 Hebrew and Arabic
 Hebrew and Russian
 Hebrew only


Question 2. Which Israeli Supreme Court judge led what is considered to be the most activist court in Israeli history?
 Aharon Barak
 Ehud Barak
 John Demjanjuk
 Moshe Katsav


Question 3. "I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand." Where did Yasser Arafat make this famous statement?
 UN General Assembly
 Camp David
 European Union


Question 4. Who was the first chair of the Provisional Executive Committee for General Zionist Affairs (PEC)?
 Louis Brandeis
 Albert Einstein
 Louis Lipsky
 Ahad Ha'am


Question 5. Followers of Abraham Abulafia's mystical school believed that Israel represents what?
 The individual soul
 The individual heart
 The individual brain
 The individual lungs


Question 6. What country did Israel, France, and Britain invade in October 1956?


Question 7. True or false: While the majority of Israelis are secular Jews, a vocal, powerful minority of Orthodox Jews has a disproportionate influence on religious policy for the nation.