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. Who wrote the lyrics for Israel's anthem Hatikvah?
 Naphtali Herz Imber
 Samuel Cohen
 Theodor Herzl
 David Ben-Gurion

 

Question 2. "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
 Knesset

 

Question 3. What country did Israel, France, and Britain invade in October 1956?
 Egypt
 Syria
 Jordan
 Lebanon

 

Question 4. Who was Eli Cohen?
 The military general who liberated the Western Wall in 1967
 A spy for Israel
 The Mossad agent who captured Adolf Eichmann
 Yitzhak Rabin's second-in-command

 

Question 5. How many members are there in Israel's Knesset (parliament)?
 60
 90
 120
 150

 

Question 6. Which medieval commentator attempted to use astrology to prove that the Land of Israel was distinct from other lands?
 Abraham Ibn Ezra
 Nahmanides
 Maimonides
 Rashi

 

Question 7. Who are known as Gush Emunim?
 Religious zionists
 Secular zionists
 Cultural zionists
 Post-zionists