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Israel is a country in Western Asia located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, and Egypt on the southwest, and contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Also adjacent are the West Bank to the east and Gaza Strip to the southwest.

Israel is the world's only predominantly Jewish state with a population of about 7.4 million people, of which approximately 5.57 million are Jewish. The largest ethnic minority group is the segment denominated as Arab citizens of Israel, while minority religious groups include Muslims, Christians, Druze, Samaritans and others, most of which are found within the Arab segment.

Israel ranks highest among Middle Eastern countries on the bases of human development, freedom of the press, and economic competitiveness. Jerusalem is the country's capital, seat of government, and largest city, while Israel's main financial and cultural center is Tel Aviv.  Source

Israel Facts

Population: 7 million

Capital: Jerusalem

Currency: Israeli new sheqel

Area: 22,072 km2

Language: Hebrew, Arabic

Main Religion: Jewish

Calling Code: +972

Time Zone: GMT + 3

Main Cities: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Yafo, Haifa, Ashdod, Rishon LeZiyyon, Beersheba, Netanya, Holon, Bene Beraq, Bat Yam