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Australian Government - Israel
Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

BBC News Profile - Israel and Palestinian Territories
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.

CIA World Factbook - Israel

Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

FAO and Israel

Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.

Human Development Report on Israel
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.

IAEA - Israel
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IEA - Israel
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

ITC - Israel
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).

Library of Congress Country Study - Israel

This is a book-length report studying the history, social customs, and politics of the country from early times to the present.

Medea - Israel
Information files, documents, treaties/agreements, imports/exports, elections, international relations, and UN Resolutions from the European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation (Medea) with the support of the European Commission.

OHCHR - Israel
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).

UNESCO Worldwide - Israel

Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States. United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office - Israel
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.

UNdata - Israel

Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.

United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Israel
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.

U.S. Commercial Service - Israel
Country profile about doing business abroad by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.

U.S. Department of Energy - Israel
Country energy profile for production, consumption, U.S. oil imports, and CO2 emissions.

U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Israel
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
Israel Government Portal
This web site links to a variety of governmental resources on topics such as visiting Israel, doing business, and basic history.

Bank of Israel

Central Bureau of Statistics
This web site contains statistical information on issues from the social characteristics to environmental issues.

Israel Defense Forces
This web site contains information on all the branches of the Israeli military.

Israel Information Center Catalog
The Israel Information Center produces and distributes Israel Foreign Ministry publications which provide general information about Israel. Many titles are available in PDF format.

Knesset (Israeli Parliament)

This web site contains all the parliamentary information from laws to members. More information is available on the Hebrew web site, but much of the information has been translated.

List of government offices and ministries

Ministry of Defense (in Hebrew)
This web site provides links to specific topics, such as the Security Fence.

Ministry of Environmental Protection

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
This ministry (much like the State Department in the US) implements the foreign policy of Israel.

National Photo Collection
This is an online searchable collection of photographs from the Government Press Office.

President of the State of Israel

Prime Minister's Office

The State of Israel Judicial Authority
(Supreme Court)
Find Articles & More Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Declassified Documents
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Israel" as the search term.
  • National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
    Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
Crisis Group International Databases and Resources
Crisis Group provides analysis of violent conflicts and peace implementation. Congressional Research Service Reports CU
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares reports (usually 10-40 pages long) on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Israel" as the search term.

Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to Israel.

Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.

Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Enter "Israel" as the search term.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."

Human Rights Watch - Israel and the Occupied Territories
News and reports related to human rights.

LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.

UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.

U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Israel
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Israel. World dataBank
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.

WHO/Europe Databases
Databases of national health statistics and other data on the health situation in European countries from the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe.

Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
B'TSELEM - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
B'TSELEM "endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel."

Delegation of the European Commission to Israel
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.

Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC
Diplomatic representation of Israel in the United States.

Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Israel.

EU's Relations with Israel

Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with Israel.

IMF - Israel
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.

Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations

Web site of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.

ReliefWeb - Israel
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.

United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL)

This site contains documents from 1915 on this question, including British, UN and League of Nations documents.

United Nations Question of Palestine
Links to UN news, resolutions, and UN agencies dealing with Palestine.


News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Israel from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Israel
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.

U.S. Department of State - Israel
U.S.-Israel relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.

U.S. Trade Representative - Israel Free Trade Agreement
Background and text of the U.S.-Israel FTA.

World Bank - Israel

World Bank data, projects, and research in Israel.

World Trade Organization - Israel
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
UNAIDS - Israel
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

World Health Organization - Israel
Information and statistics on the status of public health in Israel.
Center for Defense Information (CDI) - Israel
Provides analysis, news and interviews on defense issues and Israel.

International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. ICJ "has a twofold role: to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (Contentious cases ) and to give advisory opinions (Advisory proceedings) on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies." Israel Military Guide
Maps, agencies, military branches, nuclear capability, news, and references from GlobalSecurity.org.

Israel: Security Assistance
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

NTI - Israel Profile
Nuclear, biological, chemical and missile development programs, policies and activities from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). NTI is non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen global security and fulfill the Non-Proliferation Treaty's goals and ambitions. NTI's members are from the United States, Russia, Japan, India, Pakistan, China, Jordan, Sweden, France and the United Kingdom.

UN Security Council Resolution 242

United Nations Security Council Resolution 242, adopted November 22, 1967, called for "the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East."

United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)

1974-Present: "UNDOF was established in 1974 following the agreed disengagement of the Israeli and Syrian forces on the Golan Heights. UNDOF continues to supervise the implementation of the agreement and maintain ceasefire."

United Nations Emergency Force I (UNIF I)

November 1956-June 1967: "UNEF I was established to secure and supervise the cessation of hostilities, including the withdrawal of the armed forces of France, Israel and the United Kingdom from Egyptian territory and, after the withdrawal, to serve as a buffer between the Egyptian and Israeli forces."

United Nations Emergency Force II (UNIF II)

October 1973-July 1979: "UNEF II was established in October 1973 to supervise the ceasefire between Egyptian and Israeli forces and, following the conclusion of the agreements of 18 January 1974 and 4 September 1975, to supervise the redeployment of Egyptian and Israeli forces and to man and control the buffer zones established under those agreements."

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
1978-Present: "Originally, UNIFIL was created by the Security Council in 1978 to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, restore international peace and security and assist the Lebanese Government in restoring its effective authority in the area. Following the July/August 2006 crisis, the Council enhanced the Force and decided that in addition to the original mandate, it would, among other things, monitor the cessation of hostilities; accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the south of Lebanon; and extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons."

United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)
1948-Present: "Set up in 1948, UNTSO was the first peacekeeping operation established by the United Nations. UNTSO military observers remain in the Middle East to monitor ceasefires, supervise armistice agreements, prevent isolated incidents from escalating and assist other UN peacekeeping operations in the region."
The library collection contains numerous secondary, federal, and international sources of information on Israel.


Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:


Electronic Resources Print and Electronic Resources
Israel and econom* Israel and econom*
Israel and histor* Israel and histor*
Israel and politic* Israel and politic*
(government publications only)
(government publications only)
The * replaces up to five characters in a word.

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