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When was the last direct conflict within Israel's boundaries?

"It is the first direct conflict within Israel's boundaries since the 1948 Arab–Israeli War." The statement is certainly technically incorrect. But with some qualifications one can discern ...
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Between 1948 and 1967, were Arab people in the West Bank in favour of Jordanian rule or opposed to it?

This is a bit brief, but my hunches from the comments can be summarized by these two paras from Avraham Sela's "The West Bank Under Jordan" (chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of the Hashemite ...
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Is there evidence of a pagan temple on the site of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem that predated the Jewish Temple?

No real evidence, but the area was populated by Pagans prior to 957 BC when David's son Solomon built the first temple. According to the Smithsonian Magazine in What Is Beneath the Temple Mount?; ...
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Did Palestinians form a distinct ethnically/culturally/linguistically homogeneous group in pre-Mandate period?

On one level, there is a trivial answer to this question. No, there was no Palestinian ethnic identity of major significance prior to the British Mandate. But it's important to emphasize that all of ...
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When and how did the concept of posthumous reward and punishment enter ancient Judaism?

The concept the question is referring to is called "Sheol." The word "Sheol" is sometimes translated as "grave," but it's not quite a correct translation. The Sheol ...
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Did Palestinians form a distinct ethnically/culturally/linguistically homogeneous group in pre-Mandate period?

until 1970s "Palestinian" meant a "Jew living in Eretz Yisroel" "Palestinian Identity" was invented by the KGB (as reported by General Ion Mihai Pacepa) in 1960-ies and ...
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Where can I learn about Jewish Zealot ideology and history?

If there are other good primary sources I'm unaware of, it would be nice if someone would pipe up with them in the comments here. However, it looks like we only really have 2 primary sources for this ...
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Did Palestinians form a distinct ethnically/culturally/linguistically homogeneous group in pre-Mandate period?

The issue regarding Palestinian "national identity" is historically and demographically complex. Its complexity is due to a lengthy history which dates back to the Early Middle Ages with the ...
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"Israel created Hamas" - what's the timeline behind the historical facts of this claim?

Directly? No, of course not. Were actions taken by the leadership of the state of Israel involved in the history of Hamas? Well trivially yes. But I'd strongly discourage anyone from accepting or ...
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Was prostitution legal in the Kingdom of Israel during the reign of Solomon?

Many ways for prostitution to be (il)legal Just as today, prohibiting prostitution may mean many different things, such as: prohibiting to a woman to give favors in exchange for money prohibiting to ...
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