Here are some Israel facts or as I like to call it the Identity card of my country Israel, which is located in the Middle East. The area is the crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia.
The whole area is also known as the Land of Israel or the Holy Land.
Map of the Middle East showing tiny Israel
Some Israel Facts
The flag of Israel is composed of two blue stripes against a white background, with a Magen David, blue Shield of David or hexagram between them.
Israel’s National Anthem
The national anthem of the State of Israel is Hatikvah in English the Hope. The lyrics were written by the poet, Naphtali Herz Imber (1856–1909), and the melody is a Romanian folk song.
Hatikvah was chosen as the Zionist movement’s anthem and, upon the establishment of the State of Israel, was accepted as the national anthem. However, the song was only officially recognized by the Knesset as Israel’s national anthem in 2004.
The symbol of the State the Menorah standing outside the Knesset
The Menorah, Emblem of the State
The emblem of the State of Israel is the seven branched menorah or candelabrum with olive branches at both sides, and with the name Israel appearing beneath. The source of the Menorah is an engraving on the Arch of Titus in Rome, depicting the victory march of the Roman commander Titus after he crushed the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans and destroyed the Temple in 70 CE.
The source of the olive branches is a prophecy of the prophet Zechariah. The candelabrum of the Temple in Jerusalem engraved on the Arch of Titus symbolizes not only the illustrious past of the people of Israel, but also its defeat and the beginning of its exile. So, the choice of this specific candelabrum not only linked the new state to its illustrious past, it also brought the Menorah back from its long exile, thus indirectly symbolizing the end of the Diaspora.
The Knesset or Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem
Form of Rule in Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary democracy, headed by the president, whose role is essentially symbolic and representative. The country is, in fact, managed by three authorities: the legislative authority, the Israeli Parliament or the Knesset, the executive authority, the government, and the judiciary authority.
The executive authority in Israel is the government. It is responsible for executing the laws enacted by the Knesset and for the proper governance of the State. Since the establishment of the state, no single party has enjoyed an absolute majority in the Knesset. Therefore, all of Israel’s governments have always been coalition governments.
The third authority in Israel is the judiciary, which is responsible for maintaining law in the state. At the head of the legal system stands the Supreme Court. It hears appeals against judgments of the lower courts, and also sits as a High Court of Justice for petitions submitted by civilians against the State authorities.
Israel is today a developed country in a sector of the world with a much diversified climate. Since the country is long from north to south, you may see snow covered mountains on the north, especially Mt Hermon on the Golan Heights; and after driving a few hours you encounter the dry wilderness of the Negev Desert and much warmer weather.
Lake Kineret is the only fresh water lake in Israel
Mind Boggling Facts on Israel
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The F-35 is called Adir in Hebrew meaning Awesome
Using High Technology the Israeli cows are the most productive in the world
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