Countries That Recognize Israel 2022

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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. Israel has the highest Jewish population worldwide. 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 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 Of those who voted in favor, Cuba and Venezuela have since withdrawn their recognition of Israel.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: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Nine of the countries that do not recognize Israel are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mali, Niger, and Pakistan. 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, and Yemen. The table below contains the countries that recognize Israel as an independent state.

Countries That Recognize Israel 2022

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 2022 Population
AfghanistanNo40,754,388
AlbaniaYes2,866,374
AlgeriaNo45,350,148
AndorraYes77,463
AngolaYes35,027,343
Antigua And BarbudaYes99,509
ArgentinaYes46,010,234
ArmeniaYes2,971,966
AustraliaYes26,068,792
AustriaYes9,066,710
AzerbaijanYes10,300,205
BahamasYes400,516
BahrainNo1,783,983
BangladeshNo167,885,689
BarbadosYes288,023
BelarusYes9,432,800
BelgiumYes11,668,278
BelizeYes412,190
BeninYes12,784,726
BoliviaYes11,992,656
Bosnia And HerzegovinaYes3,249,317
BrazilYes215,353,593
BruneiNo445,431
BulgariaYes6,844,597
Burkina FasoYes22,102,838
CambodiaYes17,168,639
CameroonYes27,911,548
CanadaYes38,388,419
Cape VerdeYes567,678
ChadYes17,413,580
ChileYes19,250,195
ChinaYes1,448,471,400
ColombiaYes51,512,762
ComorosNo907,419
Costa RicaYes5,182,354
CroatiaYes4,059,286
CubaNo11,305,652
CyprusYes1,223,387
Czech RepublicYes10,736,784
DenmarkYes5,834,950
DjiboutiNo1,016,097
DominicaYes72,344
Dominican RepublicYes11,056,370
DR CongoYes95,240,792
EcuadorYes18,113,361
EgyptYes106,156,692
El SalvadorYes6,550,389
EritreaYes3,662,244
EstoniaYes1,321,910
EswatiniYes1,184,817
EthiopiaYes120,812,698
FijiYes909,466
FinlandYes5,554,960
FranceYes65,584,518
GabonYes2,331,533
GeorgiaYes3,968,738
GermanyYes83,883,596
GreeceYes10,316,637
GrenadaYes113,475
GuatemalaYes18,584,039
GuineaNo13,865,691
Guinea BissauYes2,063,367
HaitiYes11,680,283
HondurasYes10,221,247
HungaryYes9,606,259
IcelandYes345,393
IndiaYes1,406,631,776
IndonesiaNo279,134,505
IranNo86,022,837
IraqNo42,164,965
IrelandYes5,020,199
ItalyYes60,262,770
Ivory CoastYes27,742,298
JamaicaYes2,985,094
JapanYes125,584,838
JordanYes10,300,869
KazakhstanYes19,205,043
KenyaYes56,215,221
KiribatiYes123,419
KuwaitNo4,380,326
KyrgyzstanYes6,728,271
LaosYes7,481,023
LatviaYes1,848,837
LebanonNo6,684,849
LiberiaYes5,305,117
LibyaNo7,040,745
LiechtensteinYes38,387
LithuaniaYes2,661,708
LuxembourgYes642,371
MalawiYes20,180,839
MalaysiaNo33,181,072
MaldivesNo540,985
MaliNo21,473,764
MaltaYes444,033
Marshall IslandsYes60,057
MauritaniaYes4,901,981
MauritiusYes1,274,727
MexicoYes131,562,772
MoldovaYes4,013,171
MonacoYes39,783
MongoliaYes3,378,078
MontenegroYes627,950
MoroccoNo37,772,756
MozambiqueYes33,089,461
MyanmarYes55,227,143
NamibiaYes2,633,874
NauruYes10,903
NepalYes30,225,582
NetherlandsYes17,211,447
New ZealandYes4,898,203
NicaraguaYes6,779,100
NigerNo26,083,660
NigeriaYes216,746,934
North KoreaNo25,990,679
NorwayYes5,511,370
OmanNo5,323,993
PakistanNo229,488,994
PalauYes18,233
PanamaYes4,446,964
ParaguayYes7,305,843
PeruYes33,684,208
PhilippinesYes112,508,994
PolandYes37,739,785
PortugalYes10,140,570
QatarNo2,979,915
Republic of the CongoYes5,797,805
RomaniaYes19,031,335
RussiaYes145,805,947
Saint Kitts And NevisYes53,871
Saint LuciaYes185,113
Saint Vincent And the GrenadinesYes111,551
SamoaYes202,239
San MarinoYes34,085
Sao Tome And PrincipeYes227,679
Saudi ArabiaNo35,844,909
SenegalYes17,653,671
SerbiaYes8,653,016
SeychellesYes99,426
SingaporeYes5,943,546
SlovakiaYes5,460,193
SloveniaYes2,078,034
SomaliaNo16,841,795
South AfricaYes60,756,135
South KoreaYes51,329,899
South SudanYes11,618,511
SpainYes46,719,142
Sri LankaYes21,575,842
SudanNo45,992,020
SurinameYes596,831
SwedenYes10,218,971
SwitzerlandYes8,773,637
SyriaNo19,364,809
TajikistanYes9,957,464
ThailandYes70,078,203
Timor LesteYes1,369,429
TongaYes107,749
Trinidad And TobagoYes1,406,585
TunisiaNo12,046,656
TurkeyYes85,561,976
TurkmenistanYes6,201,943
TuvaluYes12,066
UkraineYes43,192,122
United Arab EmiratesNo10,081,785
United KingdomYes68,497,907
United StatesYes334,805,269
UruguayYes3,496,016
UzbekistanYes34,382,084
VanuatuYes321,832
VenezuelaYes29,266,991
VietnamYes98,953,541
YemenNo31,154,867
ZimbabweYes15,331,428

Countries That Recognize Israel 2022

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