Why Israel Is Called Israel and Not Judea

The name Israel came by a process of elimination, because there wasn’t time to come up with anything better.

The graves of David and Paula Ben-Gurion. David Rubinger/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images.

The graves of David and Paula Ben-Gurion. David Rubinger/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images.

Observation
June 10 2021
About the author

Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Walter P. Stern fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

This is the third installment in the historian Martin Kramer’s series on how Israel’s declaration of independence came about, and what the text reveals about the country it brought into being. Previous installments can be seen here.—The Editors

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