My daughter's friend is in Japan and his hosts feel most honored to have an Israeli from Baghdad visiting them. I have such faith in the Japanese people that I decided to google the question: is Baghdad in Israel as the Japanese say or should I believe in my memory. It appears that Baghdad is a city divided by the Euphrates, which is Israel's frontier (the red line on the map). So the people living in the Western side of Baghdad are Israelis, but those in Trans-Euphrates are not. Our honorable Japanese friends were half right and half wrong, just like J always is.