Like the United States, Israel is a democracy. The Knesset - Israel's Parliament - includes men, women, Jews and Arabs, and represents all segments of Israeli society.
Israel is not a European creation. Jews are indigenous to this part of the world and there has been a continuous Jewish presence in the land of Israel and in the Middle East for more than 3,000 years.
The combined land mass of Arab countries is 650 times the size of Israel. To put that into perspective, Israel is the size of New Jersey and the Arab countries are the size of the United States, Mexico and all of Central America combined.
The Arabs of Palestine were offered their own state, side-by-side with Israel in 1947 by the United Nations (UN Resolution 181 aka the Partition Plan). It was rejected and followed by an invasion of five Arab armies to destroy Israel.
During the 1948 War of Independence, more Jews were expelled from Arab nations than Arabs displaced from Israeli territory. Israel has absorbed the Jewish refugees, yet the Arab world refuses to absorb the Arab refugees into their countries.
Israel gained control of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) from Jordan and Gaza from Egypt (sometimes referred to as the "disputed territories") during the Six Day War of 1967 after Israel's Arab neighbors massed troops along her borders and once again threatened her with destruction.
Following the Six Day War of 1967, Israel offered to return the West Bank to Jordan and Gaza to Egypt in exchange for peace, in accordance with UN Resolution 242. The offer was rejected.
In the summer of 2000, Israel offered the Palestinian Arabs 97% of the land they claimed to be fighting for, making Israel the first and only country ever to offer the Palestinian Arabs a homeland. This offer was rejected with no counter-offer from the Palestinian Arabs.
Israel voluntarily removed every citizen from Gaza in 2005, giving full control to the Palestinians in hopes of peace. The terrorist organization Hamas now controls Gaza and has launched over 10,000 missiles indiscriminately into Israel.
Three major attempts to destroy Israel have been carried out by the Arab World: in 1947, 1967, and 1973. Although many neighboring countries today still wish to destroy Israel, Israel continues to seek peace. Israel has forged peace agreements with Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994), and has lived in peace with these countries ever since.