Israel is the only Jewish country in the world. The ancient Jewish country of Israel was reborn in 1948, two thousand years after it was destroyed by the
Roman Empire. Today, Israel is a Jewish and Democratic State which has the highest standard of living in the Middle East and
the third highest in Asia, and among the highest life expectancies in the world.
The most populous city and the capital of Israel is the ancient and holy city of Jerusalem.
The population of Israel is estimated in 2014 to be 8,146,300 people, 75% are Jews and the rest are Arabs (Muslims and Christians) and other minorities.
Israel is considered as one of the most advanced countries in Southwest Asia in economic and industrial development. It has the second-largest number of
startup companies in the world (after the United States) and its economy was ranked as the world's most durable economy
in the face of crises, and was also ranked first in the rate of research and development center investments.
Tourism is an important industry in Israel, with the country's temperate climate, beaches, archaeological and other historical and biblical sites.
In 2013, a record of 3.54 million tourists visited Israel, most popular attraction being the city of Jerusalem.
Israel has the highest number of museums per capita in the world.
Some of the places most visited by tourists are:
Jerusalem, the holy city to Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Eilat, a very popular resort city located on the north tip of the Red Sea.
Dead Sea, a salt lake 427 meters below sea level, Earth's lowest elevation on land.
Its high density seawater makes you float on it.
Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel. At levels of 215 meters below
sea level, it is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth. The Jordan River passes through it
flowing south to the Dead Sea.