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Israel

Welcome to Israel, a land of plenty in the desert.

 

Get to know Israel! Get the facts about its land, products, and people.

 

Official name: State of Israel

 

Size: 8,019  square miles (20,770 square kilometers); slightly larger than New Jersey

 

Population: 7,473,052 as of July 2010

 

Capital: Jerusalem; although Israel proclaimed its capital in 1950, the United States maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv

 

Official Languages: Hebrew and Arabic

 

Literacy: 97.1%

 

Currency: New Israeli shekel

 

Climate: Temperate; hot and dry in southern and eastern desert areas

 

Agriculture Products: citrus, vegetables, cotton, beef, poultry, dairy

 

Industries: high-technology products such as aviation and medical electronics, wood and paper products, food, beverages, tobacco, cement, construction, metals, chemical products, plastics, diamond cutting, textiles, footwear 

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