Countries That Recognize Israel 2020

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At midnight on May 14, 1948, the Provisional Government of Israel proclaimed a new State of Israel, a proclamation that both established Israel and declared its independence. The State of Israel was established by the Israeli Declaration of Independence.

On the same day as its creation, the United States became the first country to recognize Israel. President Harry Truman recognized the provisional Jewish government as the de facto authority of the Jewish state.

On May 15, 1948, the day following Israel’s declaration, the first Arab-Israeli war broke out.

Almost a year after its creation, on May 11, 1949, the United Nations General Assembly approved Israel’s application to join the United Nations by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 273. Israel became the 59th member of the United Nations. The vote was 37 to 12 (and nine abstentions) with many of the countries voting in favor having already recognized Israel before the UN vote. Of those who voted in favor, Cuba and Venezuela have since withdrawn their recognition of Israel. Of those who voted against Israel’s admittance to the UN, six were members of the Arab League.

Israel’s sovereignty, however, is disputed by some countries. As of December 2019, 162 of the 193 UN member countries recognize Israel while 31 UN members do not recognize Israel.

Of the countries that do not recognize Israel, 17 are part of the 22 members of the Arab League. These countries include:

Nine of the countries that do not recognize Israel are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation:

Sixteen countries do not accept Israeli passports:

  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Iran (does not accept visitors with Israeli passport stamps)
  • Iraq (does not accept visitors with Israeli passport stamps)
  • Kuwait (does not accept visitors with Israeli passport stamps)
  • Lebanon (does not accept visitors with Israeli passport stamps)
  • Libya (does not accept visitors with Israeli passport stamps)
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan (does not accept visitors with Israeli passport stamps)
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan (does not accept visitors with Israeli passport stamps)
  • Syria (does not accept visitors with Israeli passport stamps)
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen

The table below contains the countries that recognize Israel as an independent state.

Countries That Recognize Israel 2020

unverified dates of recognition or non-recognition: lesotho, ghana, gambia, papua new guinea, rwanda, madagascar, sierra leone, uganda, togo, tanzania, zambia, equatorial guinea, botswana, bhutan, central african republic and burundi
Country Recognizes Israel Population 2020
AfghanistanNo38,928,346
AlbaniaYes2,877,797
AlgeriaNo43,851,044
AndorraYes77,265
AngolaYes32,866,272
Antigua And BarbudaYes97,929
ArgentinaYes45,195,774
ArmeniaYes2,963,243
AustraliaYes25,499,884
AustriaYes9,006,398
AzerbaijanYes10,139,177
BahamasYes393,244
BahrainNo1,701,575
BangladeshNo164,689,383
BarbadosYes287,375
BelarusYes9,449,323
BelgiumYes11,589,623
BelizeYes397,628
BeninYes12,123,200
BoliviaYes11,673,021
Bosnia And HerzegovinaYes3,280,819
BrazilYes212,559,417
BruneiNo437,479
BulgariaYes6,948,445
Burkina FasoYes20,903,273
CambodiaYes16,718,965
CameroonYes26,545,863
CanadaYes37,742,154
Cape VerdeYes555,987
ChadYes16,425,864
ChileYes19,116,201
ChinaYes1,439,323,776
ColombiaYes50,882,891
ComorosNo869,601
Costa RicaYes5,094,118
CroatiaYes4,105,267
CubaNo11,326,616
CyprusYes1,207,359
Czech RepublicYes10,708,981
DenmarkYes5,792,202
DjiboutiNo988,000
DominicaYes71,986
Dominican RepublicYes10,847,910
Dr CongoYes89,561,403
EcuadorYes17,643,054
EgyptYes102,334,404
El SalvadorYes6,486,205
EritreaYes3,546,421
EstoniaYes1,326,535
EthiopiaYes114,963,588
FijiYes896,445
FinlandYes5,540,720
FranceYes65,273,511
GabonYes2,225,734
GeorgiaYes3,989,167
GermanyYes83,783,942
GreeceYes10,423,054
GrenadaYes112,523
GuatemalaYes17,915,568
GuineaNo13,132,795
Guinea BissauYes1,968,001
HaitiYes11,402,528
HondurasYes9,904,607
HungaryYes9,660,351
IcelandYes341,243
IndiaYes1,380,004,385
IndonesiaNo273,523,615
IranNo83,992,949
IraqNo40,222,493
IrelandYes4,937,786
ItalyYes60,461,826
Ivory CoastYes26,378,274
JamaicaYes2,961,167
JapanYes126,476,461
JordanYes10,203,134
KazakhstanYes18,776,707
KenyaYes53,771,296
KiribatiYes119,449
KuwaitNo4,270,571
KyrgyzstanYes6,524,195
LaosYes7,275,560
LatviaYes1,886,198
LebanonNo6,825,445
LiberiaYes5,057,681
LibyaNo6,871,292
LiechtensteinYes38,128
LithuaniaYes2,722,289
LuxembourgYes625,978
MalawiYes19,129,952
MalaysiaNo32,365,999
MaldivesNo540,544
MaliNo20,250,833
MaltaYes441,543
Marshall IslandsYes59,190
MauritaniaYes4,649,658
MauritiusYes1,271,768
MexicoYes128,932,753
MoldovaYes4,033,963
MonacoYes39,242
MongoliaYes3,278,290
MontenegroYes628,066
MoroccoNo36,910,560
MozambiqueYes31,255,435
MyanmarYes54,409,800
NamibiaYes2,540,905
NauruYes10,824
NepalYes29,136,808
NetherlandsYes17,134,872
New ZealandYes4,822,233
NicaraguaYes6,624,554
NigerNo24,206,644
NigeriaYes206,139,589
North KoreaNo25,778,816
NorwayYes5,421,241
OmanNo5,106,626
PakistanNo220,892,340
PalauYes18,094
PanamaYes4,314,767
ParaguayYes7,132,538
PeruYes32,971,854
PhilippinesYes109,581,078
PolandYes37,846,611
PortugalYes10,196,709
QatarNo2,881,053
Republic Of The CongoYes5,518,087
RomaniaYes19,237,691
RussiaYes145,934,462
Saint Kitts And NevisYes53,199
Saint LuciaYes183,627
Saint Vincent And The GrenadinesYes110,940
SamoaYes198,414
San MarinoYes33,931
Sao Tome And PrincipeYes219,159
Saudi ArabiaNo34,813,871
SenegalYes16,743,927
SerbiaYes8,737,371
SeychellesYes98,347
SingaporeYes5,850,342
SlovakiaYes5,459,642
SloveniaYes2,078,938
SomaliaNo15,893,222
South AfricaYes59,308,690
South KoreaYes51,269,185
South SudanYes11,193,725
SpainYes46,754,778
Sri LankaYes21,413,249
SudanNo43,849,260
SurinameYes586,632
SwazilandYes1,160,164
SwedenYes10,099,265
SwitzerlandYes8,654,622
SyriaNo17,500,658
TajikistanYes9,537,645
ThailandYes69,799,978
Timor LesteYes1,318,445
TongaYes105,695
Trinidad And TobagoYes1,399,488
TunisiaNo11,818,619
TurkeyYes84,339,067
TurkmenistanYes6,031,200
TuvaluYes11,792
UkraineYes43,733,762
United Arab EmiratesNo9,890,402
United KingdomYes67,886,011
United StatesYes331,002,651
UruguayYes3,473,730
UzbekistanYes33,469,203
VanuatuYes307,145
VenezuelaYes28,435,940
VietnamYes97,338,579
YemenNo29,825,964
ZimbabweYes14,862,924