Why does it sound like there is no "y" sound before yisra'el? Isn't it pronounced yisra'el? Or is the "y" only pronounced when saying israeli, like in "yisra'eli, yisra'elit"?
I've noticed that too. It's a good reminder to listen carefully. We often hear only what we already expect (a double-edged sword that can cut both ways, that can help or hurt us)! I'm probably more in the habit of pronouncing it with a "y" sound, although while muting it somewhat.
Most often you'd hear people saying Israel in Hebrew like 'e'-'srael'. Adding 'y' there feels a bit off