Israel Country Information
Israel Travel Information
Israel is a country in southwestern Asia. Israel shares land borders with Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, as well as having borders with the partly Palestinian-administered West Bank and Gaza. The country has two coasts:
Israel is the world's only Jewish State, and although most (just over three quarters) of the population is Jewish, there are also people of other religions who live within the country, and who are citizens of Israel, including Muslims, Christians and Druze. The country, especially Jerusalem, is of course known for the number of religious sites it contains, and visitors to Israel will find religious sites that are important to Jews, Muslims, Christians, and followers of the Baha'i faith.
Israel has an advanced economy with high GDP per capita and a free market orientation. Important industries include military equipment, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and software. In terms of agriculture, the country is almost self-sufficient in food (although it does import beef and grains), and exports fruit and vegetables. Tourism, including religious tourism, is also an important sector of the economy, but security problems have deterred an increasing number of tourists from visiting the country.
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