Fun Facts and Fotos of Israel

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Jewish baby in the Jewish Quarter in the Old city of JerusalmCelebrating Independence Day on the Golan Heights.  A group of young boys on top of a tank after a celebration involving an army display.Jewish boy with side curls (peyoys)and Yarmulk or Kippa in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of JerusalemMuslim call to prayer near the Dome of the Rock in the Old City of JerusalemOrthodox Jew walking down the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem.  You can see the typical dress of an Orthodox Jew with Tzit Tzit (the strings hanging down), Peyos (side curls, and Yarmulk or Kippa.Two young soldiers who are in training for the Israeli Defense Forces.  They are right out of highschool.Kidron Valley where there are hundreds of thousands of tombs.  Instead of flowers, the family put rocks on the tombs in rememberance of their loved ones.A Muslim man selling rosaries on the Via Dolorosa at St. Stephen's Gate in the Muslim corner of the Old City of Jerusalem.A room displaying idol worship on Masada.  Masada is a strong fortress that was once King Herods palace.Camel in the Desert also known as the Negev.Masada fortress looking towards the Dead Sea and the jordan hills.Othodox Jewish boys protesting the withdrawal of Gaza.  The color orange was the symbol of those in opposition.  The color blue was for the supporters of the withdrawal.Soldier at the Western Wall in the Old City of JerusalemSunset at Ein Geidi.Early Morning in Jerusalem looking towards the Russian Orthodox Church.Tel Aviv beach looking towards the Mediterranean oceanEternal Lights in a synagogue in Safed (zfat), one of the four holiest cities in Israel.Ceiling of a synagogue in Safed (Zfat), one of the four holiest cities in Israel.Jewish actorJordanian outpost near the border between Israel and Jordan.A naturally formed tree that is in the shape of a cross at Bet Shean.  Here Jesus Christ Superstar was filmed.The view of the Jezreel Valley from Mount Carmel, where Elijah called down fire from heaven on the Prophets of Baal.A house by Caesaria Phillipi.A street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.2,000 year old Olive Trees from the Garden of Gethsesamene.Church of all Nations on Palm Sunday Road.A statue of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane praying.
Jewish baby in the Jewish Quarter in the Old city of Jerusalm
Jewish baby in the Jewish Quarter in the Old city of Jerusalm
Celebrating Independence Day on the Golan Heights.  A group of young boys on top of a tank after a celebration involving an army display.
Celebrating Independence Day on the Golan Heights. A group of young boys on top of a tank after a celebration involving an army display.
Jewish boy with side curls (peyoys)and Yarmulk or Kippa in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem
Jewish boy with side curls (peyoys)and Yarmulk or Kippa in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem
Muslim call to prayer near the Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem
Muslim call to prayer near the Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem
Orthodox Jew walking down the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem.  You can see the typical dress of an Orthodox Jew with Tzit Tzit (the strings hanging down), Peyos (side curls, and Yarmulk or Kippa.
Orthodox Jew walking down the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem. You can see the typical dress of an Orthodox Jew with Tzit Tzit (the strings hanging down), Peyos (side curls, and Yarmulk or Kippa.
Two young soldiers who are in training for the Israeli Defense Forces.  They are right out of highschool.
Two young soldiers who are in training for the Israeli Defense Forces. They are right out of highschool.
Kidron Valley where there are hundreds of thousands of tombs.  Instead of flowers, the family put rocks on the tombs in rememberance of their loved ones.
Kidron Valley where there are hundreds of thousands of tombs. Instead of flowers, the family put rocks on the tombs in rememberance of their loved ones.
A Muslim man selling rosaries on the Via Dolorosa at St. Stephen's Gate in the Muslim corner of the Old City of Jerusalem.
A Muslim man selling rosaries on the Via Dolorosa at St. Stephen's Gate in the Muslim corner of the Old City of Jerusalem.
A room displaying idol worship on Masada.  Masada is a strong fortress that was once King Herods palace.
A room displaying idol worship on Masada. Masada is a strong fortress that was once King Herods palace.
Camel in the Desert also known as the Negev.
Camel in the Desert also known as the Negev.
Masada fortress looking towards the Dead Sea and the jordan hills.
Masada fortress looking towards the Dead Sea and the jordan hills.
Othodox Jewish boys protesting the withdrawal of Gaza.  The color orange was the symbol of those in opposition.  The color blue was for the supporters of the withdrawal.
Othodox Jewish boys protesting the withdrawal of Gaza. The color orange was the symbol of those in opposition. The color blue was for the supporters of the withdrawal.
Soldier at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem
Soldier at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem
Sunset at Ein Geidi.
Sunset at Ein Geidi.
Early Morning in Jerusalem looking towards the Russian Orthodox Church.
Early Morning in Jerusalem looking towards the Russian Orthodox Church.
Tel Aviv beach looking towards the Mediterranean ocean
Tel Aviv beach looking towards the Mediterranean ocean
Eternal Lights in a synagogue in Safed (zfat), one of the four holiest cities in Israel.
Eternal Lights in a synagogue in Safed (zfat), one of the four holiest cities in Israel.
Ceiling of a synagogue in Safed (Zfat), one of the four holiest cities in Israel.
Ceiling of a synagogue in Safed (Zfat), one of the four holiest cities in Israel.
Jewish actor
Jewish actor
Jordanian outpost near the border between Israel and Jordan.
Jordanian outpost near the border between Israel and Jordan.
A naturally formed tree that is in the shape of a cross at Bet Shean.  Here Jesus Christ Superstar was filmed.
A naturally formed tree that is in the shape of a cross at Bet Shean. Here Jesus Christ Superstar was filmed.
The view of the Jezreel Valley from Mount Carmel, where Elijah called down fire from heaven on the Prophets of Baal.
The view of the Jezreel Valley from Mount Carmel, where Elijah called down fire from heaven on the Prophets of Baal.
A house by Caesaria Phillipi.
A house by Caesaria Phillipi.
A street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
A street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
2,000 year old Olive Trees from the Garden of Gethsesamene.
2,000 year old Olive Trees from the Garden of Gethsesamene.
Church of all Nations on Palm Sunday Road.
Church of all Nations on Palm Sunday Road.
A statue of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane praying.
A statue of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane praying.

There is nothing like the beauty of a country and its people to really inspire and touch the heart of a person in miraculous ways, changing our knowledge of what we believe to be truth. No place in the world is more inspiring and awe striking than a tiny piece of land no bigger than New Jersey.

Only in Israel can one go from Jerusalem, where it is snowing, to twenty miles away in the desert, where one can go hiking sleeveless, in the middle of December and come across completely different terrains. In the north are the mountains and in the south there is the desert. In the middle of the country are all the plains where the crops are grown. The Galilee is the only source of fresh water to the whole country, farming included. Jerusalem is the crowning glory of Israel. It sits right on the border of the desert. One can look from the Mount of Olives straight into the desert.

However, more than the natural beauty in Israel is the beauty of the citizens of Israel; not only physically but spiritually and mentally. With the population roughly the size of New York City, Israeli’s may appear abrupt. However, once they develop a relationship with someone, they will gladly die in their place. They are very heartwarming people under the surface. They observe their religious beliefs with a passion and fervor; not because the Torah requires it, but because they want to do it. It is so beautiful to watch a family as they perform their Sabbath meals, and watch the faces of the family glow with happiness.

Israeli’s may not have much in material possesions, but they have a lot to offer the world in family and happiness. They offer beauty of a whole new kind; beauty more than skin deep. Israel is special and unique.

View the slideshow to see beautiful and unique images from all around Israel.

Fun Facts About Israel

  1. Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan.
  2. The cell phone was developed in Israel at Motorola's largest location.
  3. Voicemail, was also invented in Israel.
  4. The first anti-virus was developed in 1979 in Israel
  5. Pentium MMX technology was developed in Israel at Intel. Centrino and Pentium processors were also developed and made in Israel.
  6. Four young Israelis developed the technology for AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ.
  7. Over the past 50 years, Israel is the only country in the Middle East with a Christian population increase.
  8. Israel is the only country in the Middle East that allows Jews, Christians, and Muslims to vote.
  9. Israel is also the only country in the Middle East with the most independent and free Arabic press.
  10. Israel's economy is larger than all its immediate neighbors combined, averaging $100 billion.
  11. Albert Einstein was offered presidency of Israel in 1952; however, he did decline the invitation.
  12. For all of you who lick stamps, the glue on stamps in Israel IS kosher.
  13. After the U.S. and Canada, Israel has the highest number of companies listed on the stock exchange.
  14. Israeli bank notes have Braille on them.
  15. One-third of Israelis are volunteers.
  16. Israel has the highest number of scientist and technicians per capita, 145 per 10,000.
  17. Israel has the larget fleets of military aircraft other than the United States with more than 250 f-16s.
  18. The two most common surnames in Israel or Levi and Cohen.
  19. Over the past seven years, agricultural out put has increased. Thanks to the drip water system Israel uses, there has been no increase in the amount of water used.
  20. Israel receives more media coverage per capita than any other country in the world.
  21. Palestinians have been asked in polls since 1996, which governments they approved of the most. Israel came in the top every time.
  22. The nightclub Haomon 17 is one of the top in the world and often has international DJ's spinning there all the time.
  23. Israel has the highest university degrees per capita

Current Technology and Research In Israel

  1. Israeli company SHL has developed a portable electrocardiograph machine that sends highly detailed information to physicians via cell phones.
  2. An innovate hearing aid has been deveoloped by Israeli company Audiodent. The hearing aid clips inside the mouth using the teeth and jawbone to transmit audio waves to the brain.
  3. A team of researchers have discovered the molecular make-up of psoriasis.
  4. The pharmaceutical company Pfizer has gained license from Israeli researchers who have found a gene that could cure blinding eye disease.
  5. Israeli researchers have found a way to replace antibiotics with amino acids and fatty acids.
  6. The Weizmann Institute has been able to prove how transplanted tissues from a pig embryo will one day be able to make blood clots in hemophilia patients.
  7. An Israeli computer program has been clinically proven to give an accurate prognosis of how effective chemotherapy will be on a breast cancer patient.
  8. Professor Aumann is the fourth Israeli in four years to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
  9. The Weizmann Institute of Science has been voted the best university in the world for science research.
  10. Images from Mars was transmitted using an Israeli algorithm.

For more research and technology facts visit the Israel21c website.

Click here for interesting facts on Jerusalem.

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MotherHubber 7 years ago from Southern California

Interesting hub - I don't know a lot about Israel, but I have heard wonderful things. I'd love to see it someday. Thanks for sharing, and welcome to HubPages.


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

Thanks. Israel is definitely beautiful place to visit if you can go anywhere!


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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

MIJ, I understand that you study in Israel, correct? Or do you live there?

Your hub is wonderful and you are so right about people of Israel. Thank you.


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

I actually studied there but live in Mississippi currently. In my heart I still live there and i will be going there soon again.

I wish i could have more accurately described the Israeli people...they are really great people.


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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

You described them perfectly. Another thing that you can talk about them endlessly. It's true, I haven't seen more beautiful people in any other country, I mean physical beauty. And when you get to know them you feel how friendly, warm and strong they are. Anti-Israelis are those who never visited Israel but are just biased by propaganda.


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

Oh yes i agree they are so physically beautiful!

It is very true those who are so Anti-Israel have never visited it. For my senior year of highschool we had to give a presentation for a year long research paper, and my expert judge was very pro palestine. He told me my whole research was lies and propoganda...it was devastating...he actually believed it too!


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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

My son is a college student. This year he had a Diversity class with a very pro-Palestine teacher. He decided to go on with his paper about Israel and Palestine even in spite the teacher didn't want to approve it. There was nothing really controversial in his paper, it was not about conflict, he was just making a paper about diversity. Still, she was forcing him to change the subject. She just didn't want to hear anything nice about Israel. My son wrote to her a private e-mail saying that he will still write about the subject he has chosen and if she uses it against him, he will make this problem publicly (not sure in the world, but no time for a dictionary), as he is sure in what he is doing. He won. He made his paper and she didn't dare to spoil his grade.


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

That is really great that he won! I know some professors here, even in the south, who do not care whether you will make your voice heard or not. I always find it funny. Jews and Christians are always termed as intolerable. However, I think we are more tolerable than the ppl who say we are not. For example: I know Christians and Jews will defend your right to your opinion no matter what...doesn't mean we agree but we will let you have your right. Others on the other hands, cannot stand christians or jews to have our opinions said because we do not agree with them. It is ironic. Selective tolerance...it is an oxymoron.

But it was great that she didn't spoil his paper or grade...My grade was defintely ruined after my judge was done for it. My graduation from highschool was dependant upon this grade and i got a D from him...almost failed! haha


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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

Oh, I'm sorry it happened to you. That teacher was sure liberal. LOL. My son attends a private school, students are given more rights there. Anyway I was proud of him for his persistence.

And, you are so right about "selective tolerance". I was labeled "Israeli genocide apologist" by someone just for telling the truth to ppl who never visited Israel.


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

Oh, that's a new one for me...what exactly is an Israeli Genocide Apologist?


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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

Beats me....we should ask Mark Knowles.....LOL


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

Lol you poor thing, is that the man who called you that?

Well, honestly i feel sorry for those who are so against Israel. You don't mess with the Lord's people...just saying


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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

Amen.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

That's a fantastic hub - loved the photos! I agree, Israel is a great place to get "climate lag"


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

thank you! the pictures don't do justice to israel!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

They are pretty good photos, though! Do you live in Israel?


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

:( not anymore :( i used to a year and a half ago...now i am home for a little while and will be returning in 2011


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

My other half was born in Tel Aviv, and all his family apart from me, our son, and his brother live in Israel, America or Australia.


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

Oh that is wonderful! How often do you guys get to go to Israel? I bet you have a lot of family to visit often! Do you live in London now or outside of London?


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

We live in the centre of London. My OH was born in Tel Aviv (like his mother) and his parents moved to the UK when he was a child, and his brother, 7 years younger, was born here.

He has a ton of family in Israel - I swear we're related to half the country. His great-aunt, for example, only had 3 children, and only 1 of those had children, but she made up for it by having 9 (!) and they all have huge families now, too.

We go at least once a year - our son will be 4 in late June, and we are going at the end of June for a week, including a family wedding. The visit will be Isaac's fifth, I think. OH had been three or four times on his own since Isaac was born, as well.

Both Isaac and his Abba are bi-lingual.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

I forgot to say - Shabbat Shalom!


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

Shabbat Shalom!!! I am so happy that your son is bi-lingual...having that skill will help him so much in life... Israel is a wonderful place...and having so much family in israel would be amazing...I have a question that maybe too personal...but how do you raise your children?


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

It's not too personal, but I'm not quite sure what you mean - raise in what way? (We only had 1, our 3 year old son)


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

Do you raise them to be Jewish or anglican? And if both how do you do it? I think it is great


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Ah, sorry! I was being thick. We've done our best to introduce him to both, so he had a brit and a christening, and celebrates Passover and Christmas (among others, of course!)


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

Oh that is great! I am a christian but i want to convert to messianic judaism, i love the jewish feasts and the symbolism behind everything...its so beautiful


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

My father-in-law said all Jewish festivals can be summed up as, "they tried to kill us all, some of us survived, let's eat"


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My Inner Jew 7 years ago Author

hahaha that is great!!!!! I never realized it before but so true! I am going to have to use that one now :)thanks


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febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

Hi..this hub is great. I never knew that there is snow in Jerusalem, I have to visit Israel someday..just wish me luck. I'd like to visit the Upper Room, is it open for public ?


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tdarby 7 years ago

what a fantastic hub.


ParadiseGirl 6 years ago

Wow Israel sounds so amazing and beautiful from what I hear from it. The pictures are beautiful as well. Thank you.


Amit 5 years ago

Israel is very beautiful i want to visit but due to pakistani may be this not possible but i love Israel,


David 5 years ago

What a nice hub!!! I used this one in my project. i want to go to Israel after seeing this! i've been reading the bible. Isreal is so cool compared to our country! I want to be an ISRAELI!!!!


DiBo 4 years ago

Isreal is not the only country with free press!!! and not the only country where Christians can vote!!!!! what about Lebanon????


Who ever 4 years ago

It's not a country.... Evil people live there....


Russian 3 years ago

Israel is a raciest religious state..

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