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Bagheera
1145552.  Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:49 pm Reply with quote

The state's name - Israel - was chosen a few days before it's declaration of independence. The names "Judea", "Eretz Israel" (Land of Israel) and "Zion" have been rejected since they referred to geographic regions that were not allocated to the Jewish state in the UN partition plan. "Eber" or "Heber", referring to the Hebrews and the Hebrew language, was also rejected - as the Israelites are considered to be but one out of several "Hebrew" populations. "Israel", the name given to the people in their exodus from Egypt, was accepted as a reasonable option.

Although Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, is widely given credit for the name, Hebrew author Aharon Reuveni claims the credit for coming up with this name.

 
'yorz
1145556.  Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:23 pm Reply with quote

Bagheera wrote:
"Israel", the name given to the people in their exodus from Egypt, was accepted as a reasonable option.

I thought Israel was the name given to Jacob after he wrestled with the angel. Hence his 12 sons resulting in the Twelve Tribes of Israel. [Source: OT]

 
gruff5
1145618.  Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:44 am Reply with quote

'yorz wrote:
And 'no' in Arabic is 'la', but with a 'yes' nod.
*vague memory - could be wrong*

The Greeks nod the head when saying no (which, confusingly, is "ochee") - were you thinking of them?

 
'yorz
1145620.  Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:46 am Reply with quote

Honestly can't remember. Could be.

 

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