Algeria–Israel relations

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Algeria–Israel relations
Map indicating locations of Algeria and Israel



Algeria–Israel relations refers to the current and historical relations between Algeria and Israel. The states do not have official diplomatic relations. Algeria refuses entry to any citizen holding an Israeli passport or any other visa from Israel.

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Algeria Algeria Israel Israel
Populations 37,900,000 8,051,200
Area 2,381,741 km² (919,595 sq mi) 20,770/22,072 km² (8,019/8,522 sq mi)
Population density 16/km² (41/sq mi) 365/km² (945/sq mi)
Capital Algiers Jerusalem (disputed)
Largest city Algiers Jerusalem (disputed)
Government Unitary semi-presidential republic Unitary parliamentary republic
First Leader Ahmed Ben Bella Chaim Weizmann
Current Leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika Reuven Rivlin
Official languages Arabic Hebrew, Arabic
Main religions 99% Islam, 1% Christianity 75.4% Judaism, 16.9% Islam
GDP (nominal) $207.794 billion ($5,693 per capita) $272.737 billion ($34,651 per capita)
GDP (PPP) $272.866 billion ($7,477 per capita) $274.504 billion ($34,875 per capita)
Military expenditures $10.58 billion (4.3% of GDP) $14.5 billion (6.9% of GDP)


In the mid 1990s, while Israel and North African states slowly started diplomatic relations, Algeria remained one of the last countries to consider such a move. It was only when Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak met Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika at the funeral of the Moroccan King Hasan II on July 25, 1999 that comments about rapprochement were made.

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