Israel is so specifically mentions in history based upon the fact that so much controversy and conflict revolves around it. The capital of Israel is the holy city of Jerusalem, an icon of Christianity. During the Crusades, the Christian driven Europeans followed the commands of the Popes and invaded the country that is now Israel to free if from Muslim occupation. Israel was created post World War II in an effort for the Jewish people to have a holy land, and to shroud Jerusalem, much to the dismay of the Arab peoples who still fight and bicker/hold a long held grudge against those who reside within Israel. It is mentioned in history because of the fact that it is a holy land for 3 religions, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, who have fought, controlled, and lost the land over countless centuries. Now that the fact that only one religion currently holds it, the Jews, it is a constant foreign policy problem for many countries to accept that fact. So there you go. Israel is so specifically mentioned, because it is a relatively newly created nation, that houses a holy land for warring religions. Fun Fact: The Israeli commandos are one of the best military tactical forces in the world, comparable to both the Russian Spetnaz and the United States Navy Seals, who cooperatively trains with the Israelites.