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Country Profile- Israel
Transcript of Country Profile- Israel
Physical Geography: Israel has a variety of landforms. The Mediterranean coast is a relatively flat, fertile plain, edged by areas of sand dunes near the sea.
Political Geography: Jerusalem- Religious and tourist city. Tel Aviv- cultural, financial global city.
Population: Current Estimate- 7,250,000
Languages: Hebrew and Arabic
Climate: Israe'ls climate ranges from temperature to tropical, with plenty of sunshine.
Religious: As of 2011 was 75.4% Jewish, 16.9% Muslim, 2.1% Christian, and 1.7% Druze, with a remaining 4.0% not classified by religion.
Government: Israel has a parliamentary democracy.
(New Year's) -official holiday (2 days)
(Holocaust Rememberance Day) April 24th
(Israel Independance Day) April 26th
Sufferage: The right to vote is universal.
Exports: agriculture products, electricity, high- tech technology, arms and weapons .
Imports: Oils, electricity, natural gas.
Industries: High technology products such as aviations, communications, medical electronics, wood, paper products, etc.
Transnational issues: West Bank and Gaza Strip are Israeli- occupied with current status subject to the Israeli- Palestinian Interim Agreement.
The United Nations ranked Israel 15th in its annual flagship report on comprehensive human development (quality of life). The UN divided the 169 countries in its list into four groups according to a level of human development: "very high," "high," "medium" and "low."
The culture of Israel developed a while before Israel was made into the "Jewish State" in 1948. Many traditions that are kept today, are traditions from the Hebrew Israelite traditions. Something important to know is that you do not have to be orthodox to go and enjoy Israel. There is a variety of the Jewish population is Israel, including, conservative, reform, and Orthodox.
Transitional Issues: Recent issues in Israel are drugs that are being illegally transported, such as: ecstasy, cocaine, and heroin (abused); drugs arrive in country from Lebanon and, increasingly, from Jordan; (money-laundering center).
Future Outlook: Thanks to the human resources available, high education, technology etc. Israel will be growing toward becoming a better, more powerful country, and the life of the citizens will be improved. Unfortunately, the problem with neighboring enemy countries will not disappear and will take part in struggles of every day life.
Analysis: A major significant event that happened in Israel recently, was the return of Gilad Shalit. He was an Israeli soldier, who was captured from Israeli territory by Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups in a cross-border raid and was dragged into Gaza, wounded, in June 2006. He was released on October 18th, 2011 with an exchange of 870 Palestinian prisoners. After his return, Israel became more optimistic. The people of Israel are becoming stronger, and better in everything that they do. Israel is heading toward a better and more successful country.
News Article: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to reschedule elections to an earlier date so that he is able to keep his position, because he is very highly looked upon as of right now. He also wants to be less dependent on the Orthodox community because they play a big role in the elections.