Israel

by Michael Landry

Country Basics

  • The name of the country is Israel
  • The capital is Jerusalem
  • The a flag is made of a blue hexagram between 2 horizontal blue stripes with a white background
  • The meaning behind the flag is to represent the Star of David and the Jewish prayer
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Geography

  • Israel is located on the continent Asia
  • A fertile and mostly flat coastal plain next to the Mediterranean Sea coastline, and rolling cut up throughout the country, including the central Samarian hills and the mountains and hills of Galilee in the north
  • Some of Israel's major landmarks include: the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Israel Museum
  • Israel's major bodies of water include the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River, and the Dead Sea
  • An example of Human Environment Interaction in Israel would be the fact that the Israeli government is constantly making new roads to accompany the large population
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Government

  • Israel's type government is a Parliamentary system
  • The president of Israel is Reuven Rivlin
  • Voters vote for a party rather than a specific candidate
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Economy

  • Israel is a fairly rich country with a GDP of 290.6 billion
  • Israel's currency is the Israeli New Shekel
  • Israel's main export is cut diamonds, pearls, and precious metals
  • Israel's main import is oil and other mineral fuels
  • Israel's life expectancy is 82.01 years
  • Israel's birth rate is 21.5 births/1,000 population
  • Israel's literacy rate is 97.1%
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Culture

  • Modern day clothing in Israel includes clothes that can remind people of the modern american clothes
  • The major languages spoken in Israel include Arabic and Hebrew
  • Popular music includes pop rock, classical, and jazz
  • Major holidays include but are not limited to: Hanukkah, Sukkot, and Rosh Hashana
  • Religions include Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Falafel is a popular Israeli dish that is made of common ingredients and deep fried
  • Israel's most popular sports include Basketball and Soccer
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Climate

  • General weather conditions are temperate, hot and dry in the southern and eastern desert area
  • Israel gets about 435 mm (millimeters) per year
  • Israel's yearly temperature is in the high 80's and 90's
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History

  • The State of Israel was formed in 1948
  • In 1967 Israel fought in the Six-Day War against Egypt, Syria, and Jordan and afterwards they were celebrated and became well known for their spectacular military performance
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Compare and Contrast

  • The US and Israel are much different and similar in many ways, one of those ways include the economy. GDP in Israel is 258.22 billion while the US GDP is 15.68 trillion
  • Another difference is that the budget revenues in Israel is 63.54 billion while in the US it is 2.45 trillion
  • A similarity in the economy is that both countries ranked relatively high in the technology index
  • Another similarity is that they both ranked relatively low in the currency exchange rate
  • A similarity in food is that Americans and Israeli eat a lot of Israeli Cuisine
  • Another similarity is that American food is starting to pop up a lot more in Israel
  • A difference is that even though Israeli love American food, Americans might not like all Israeli food
  • Another difference is that America has more food varieties than Israel