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    Name State of Israel (מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל)
    Capital City Jerusalem
    Largest Cities Jerusalem | Tel Aviv | Haifa
    Currency New shekel (ILS)
    Official languages Hebrew | Arabic
    Population 8.5 million (rank: 97)
    Area 20,770 km2 / 8,019 mile2 (rank: 149)
    Population density 392 per km2 / 1.015 per mile2 (rank: 34)
    Anthem Hatikvah ("The Hope")
    Legislature Knesset
    Highest point Har Meron (1,208 m)
    Lowest point Dead Sea (-408 m)
    Longest river Jordan River
    Largest lake Sea of Galilee
    Coastline 273 km
    Borders Egypt 208 km, Gaza Strip 59 km, Jordan 307 km, Lebanon 81 km, Syria 83 km, West Bank 330 km
    Median Age 30 years
    Population data Growth rate: 1.53% | Birth rate: 1.83% | Death rate: 0.52%
    Life expectancy 82.4 years (Males: 80.6 years | Female: 84.4 years)
    Literacy rate 98% (Male: 99% | Female: 97%)
    GDP (PPP) $297 billion (Per capita: $34,800)
    Busiest airport Ben Gurion Airport (TLV), Tel Aviv
    Calling code +972
    Internet TLD .il (.ישראל)
    Independence 14 May 1948
    Flag carrier El Al
    President Reuven Rivlin
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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    Dead Sea
    The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth. People can easily float in the Dead Sea due to its unusually high salt concentration
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    Sea of Galilee

    The Sea of Galilee is the lowest freshwater lake in the world
    Israel National Symbols
    National Bird Hoopoe
    National Colors Blue and white
    National Dog Canaan Dog
    National Flower Anemone coronaria
    National Tree Olive
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    No codified constitution
    Israel is one of only three democracies in the world without a codified constitution. New Zealand and Britain are the others two.
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    Mandatory military service

    Israel is the only country in the world with a mandatory military service requirement for women
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    No Pakistanis
    Pakistan forbids its citizens from going to Israel by putting the legend 'This passport is valid for all countries of the World except Israel' on Pakistani passports
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    Holy Land for four religions
    Seat of the Universal House of Justice, governing body of the Bahá'ís is located in Haifa, Israel
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    Holiest city

    Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is also the most attacked city. It has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured 44 times.
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    Negev

    Negev, a desert and semidesert region in southern Israel, covers more than half of Israel's land area. The origin of the word negev is from the Hebrew root denoting 'dry'.
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    Most educated country on Earth
    Israel has the highest number of people with university degrees per capita. The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most educated countries in the world with one of the highest percentage of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree
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    Women-only days
    Nordau Beach in Israel is open for women on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, while men can visit on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It’s open to everyone on Saturday (orthodox Jews don’t go to the beach on that day) It is not clear whether transgenders can visit on all days or on Saturday only!
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    Not dead anymore
    Hebrew is one of the two official languages of Israel. It is the only language to be revived into a national language in all of world history. Hebrew had previously been a dead language not spoken for centuries.
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    Oldest cemetery

    Israel is home to the oldest, continually used cemetery in the world. Tours of The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem run daily for those interested in visiting the historical site.
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    On Yom Kippur, one of the most holy days for Jews, Israel shuts down. Traffic is nonexistent and by law, all stores must be closed. Radio and TV is also suspended.
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    In 1952, Albert Einstein was offered the position of President of Israel. The famous scientist turned down the position.
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    The biblical Dead Sea Scrolls are located in Israel’s Jerusalem Museum. The manuscripts are known as the original version of the Hebrew Bible
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    Haifa’s Carmelit transport system is one of the smallest subway systems in the world, with four carriages and a track of just 1.8 km.
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    Israel has the highest number of museums per capita in the world.
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    Rabbis of Israel have recently ruled that giraffe is kosher, meaning giraffe meat and milk are acceptable for observant Jews. But who is tall enough to milk a giraffe!!
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    Israeli citizens generally buy car insurance which doesn’t cover Saturdays, making it cheaper as they do not drive on Saturdays!
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    Israel was the first country to ban underweight models from catwalks
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    El Al Israel Airlines is the flag carrier of Israel. It holds the world record for the greatest number of passengers ever carried by a commercial airliner. During Operation Solomon, which involved the evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Ethiopia, an El Al Boeing 747 took off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with 1,086 passengers and landed in Israel with 1,088 passengers (two babies born on the flight)
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    Letters to God
    Every year the Letters to God department of the Israeli postal service receives more than 1,000 letters addressed to 'God, Jerusalem' They are opened, folded and, in a ceremony overseen by a senior rabbi, squeezed into the cracks of the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old City.
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    World Heritage Sites in Israel
    The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated 9 World Heritage Sites in Israel.
    1. Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
    2. Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba
    3. Incense Route – Desert Cities in the Negev
    4. Masada
    5. Old City of Acre
    6. White City of Tel-Aviv—the Modern Movement
    7. Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves
    8. Caves of Maresha and Bet-Guvrin in the Judean Lowlands as a Microcosm of the Land of the Caves
    9. Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal
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    National Anthem of Israel
    "Hatikvah" ("The Hope") is the national anthem of Israel. Its lyrics are adapted from a poem by Naftali Herz Imber, a Jewish poet from Zolochiv in Austrian Poland, today part of the Ukraine. Imber's nine-stanza poem, Tikvatenu ("Our Hope"), put into words his thoughts and feelings following the establishment of Petah Tikva (literally "Opening of Hope"). Published in Imber's first book Barkai [The Shining Morning Star], the poem was subsequently adopted as an anthem by the Hovevei Zion and later by the Zionist Movement at the First Zionist Congress in 1897.


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    Israel is home to the only underwater museum in the world. In Caesarea, you’re able to dive through the underwater ruins of the ancient city.

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