The State of Israel, also known as the Jewish State, is one of the few democracies in the Middle East and the world's only Jewish-majority nation.
Israel is the ancient homeland of the Jewish people. According to the Old Testament of the Bible, it was given to the Israelites by God after Moses freed them from slavery in Egypt.
In 1099, Crusaders liberated Jerusalem from a Muslim empire and established the Kingdom of Jerusalem. The kingdom was retaken by the Muslims under Saladin in 1187.
Officially founded in 1948 as a home for Jews displaced by the Holocaust, the state has been controversial ever since it became recognized by the United Nations, due to the alleged displacement of hundreds of the area's Palestinian residents and being constant targets of anti-Semitic Islamic terrorists and anti-Semitic countries like Iran. This controversey has spilled over into the New York courts on a few occasions. The United States' politically, economic, and military support for Israel since 1948 was the main motive for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the September 11 attacks.
Rebekkah Meisner, the daughter of Leah Glaser, lived in Israel. (L&O: Evil Breeds). In 2006, the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad had a young American woman, Sarah Myers, infiltrate a Palestinian rights group with suspected terrorist ties. She was killed in action, and though the agency scrambled to cover up the incident, it was captured on camcorder. This footage eventually fell into the hands of reporter Rebecca Slater, leading to an attempt on her life that killed her colleague Josh Lemle. (CI: "30")