Countries That Recognize Israel 2021

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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 Of those who voted in favor, Cuba and Venezuela have since withdrawn their recognition of Israel.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:

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 2021

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 2021 Population
AfghanistanNo39,835,428
AlbaniaYes2,872,933
AlgeriaNo44,616,624
AndorraYes77,355
AngolaYes33,933,610
Antigua And BarbudaYes98,731
ArgentinaYes45,605,826
ArmeniaYes2,968,127
AustraliaYes25,788,215
AustriaYes9,043,070
AzerbaijanYes10,223,342
BahamasYes396,913
BahrainNo1,748,296
BangladeshNo166,303,498
BarbadosYes287,711
BelarusYes9,442,862
BelgiumYes11,632,326
BelizeYes404,914
BeninYes12,451,040
BoliviaYes11,832,940
Bosnia And HerzegovinaYes3,263,466
BrazilYes213,993,437
BruneiNo441,532
BulgariaYes6,896,663
Burkina FasoYes21,497,096
CambodiaYes16,946,438
CameroonYes27,224,265
CanadaYes38,067,903
Cape VerdeYes561,898
ChadYes16,914,985
ChileYes19,212,361
ChinaYes1,444,216,107
ColombiaYes51,265,844
ComorosNo888,451
Costa RicaYes5,139,052
CroatiaYes4,081,651
CubaNo11,317,505
CyprusYes1,215,584
Czech RepublicYes10,724,555
DenmarkYes5,813,298
DjiboutiNo1,002,187
DominicaYes72,167
Dominican RepublicYes10,953,703
Dr CongoYes92,377,993
EcuadorYes17,888,475
EgyptYes104,258,327
El SalvadorYes6,518,499
EritreaYes3,601,467
EstoniaYes1,325,185
EswatiniYes1,172,362
EthiopiaYes117,876,227
FijiYes902,906
FinlandYes5,548,360
FranceYes65,426,179
GabonYes2,278,825
GeorgiaYes3,979,765
GermanyYes83,900,473
GreeceYes10,370,744
GrenadaYes113,021
GuatemalaYes18,249,860
GuineaNo13,497,244
Guinea BissauYes2,015,494
HaitiYes11,541,685
HondurasYes10,062,991
HungaryYes9,634,164
IcelandYes343,353
IndiaYes1,393,409,038
IndonesiaNo276,361,783
IranNo85,028,759
IraqNo41,179,350
IrelandYes4,982,907
ItalyYes60,367,477
Ivory CoastYes27,053,629
JamaicaYes2,973,463
JapanYes126,050,804
JordanYes10,269,021
KazakhstanYes18,994,962
KenyaYes54,985,698
KiribatiYes121,392
KuwaitNo4,328,550
KyrgyzstanYes6,628,356
LaosYes7,379,358
LatviaYes1,866,942
LebanonNo6,769,146
LiberiaYes5,180,203
LibyaNo6,958,532
LiechtensteinYes38,250
LithuaniaYes2,689,862
LuxembourgYes634,814
MalawiYes19,647,684
MalaysiaNo32,776,194
MaldivesNo543,617
MaliNo20,855,735
MaltaYes442,784
Marshall IslandsYes59,610
MauritaniaYes4,775,119
MauritiusYes1,273,433
MexicoYes130,262,216
MoldovaYes4,024,019
MonacoYes39,511
MongoliaYes3,329,289
MontenegroYes628,053
MoroccoNo37,344,795
MozambiqueYes32,163,047
MyanmarYes54,806,012
NamibiaYes2,587,344
NauruYes10,876
NepalYes29,674,920
NetherlandsYes17,173,099
New ZealandYes4,860,643
NicaraguaYes6,702,385
NigerNo25,130,817
NigeriaYes211,400,708
North KoreaNo25,887,041
NorwayYes5,465,630
OmanNo5,223,375
PakistanNo225,199,937
PalauYes18,169
PanamaYes4,381,579
ParaguayYes7,219,638
PeruYes33,359,418
PhilippinesYes111,046,913
PolandYes37,797,005
PortugalYes10,167,925
QatarNo2,930,528
Republic Of The CongoYes5,657,013
RomaniaYes19,127,774
RussiaYes145,912,025
Saint Kitts And NevisYes53,544
Saint LuciaYes184,400
Saint Vincent And The GrenadinesYes111,263
SamoaYes200,149
San MarinoYes34,017
Sao Tome And PrincipeYes223,368
Saudi ArabiaNo35,340,683
SenegalYes17,196,301
SerbiaYes8,697,550
SeychellesYes98,908
SingaporeYes5,896,686
SlovakiaYes5,460,721
SloveniaYes2,078,724
SomaliaNo16,359,504
South AfricaYes60,041,994
South KoreaYes51,305,186
South SudanYes11,381,378
SpainYes46,745,216
Sri LankaYes21,497,310
SudanNo44,909,353
SurinameYes591,800
SwedenYes10,160,169
SwitzerlandYes8,715,494
SyriaNo18,275,702
TajikistanYes9,749,627
ThailandYes69,950,850
Timor LesteYes1,343,873
TongaYes106,760
Trinidad And TobagoYes1,403,375
TunisiaNo11,935,766
TurkeyYes85,042,738
TurkmenistanYes6,117,924
TuvaluYes11,931
UkraineYes43,466,819
United Arab EmiratesNo9,991,089
United KingdomYes68,207,116
United StatesYes332,915,073
UruguayYes3,485,151
UzbekistanYes33,935,763
VanuatuYes314,464
VenezuelaYes28,704,954
VietnamYes98,168,833
YemenNo30,490,640
ZimbabweYes15,092,171

Countries That Recognize Israel 2021