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    (May 18, 1948- )
    Located in Middle East
    Slightly smaller than New Jersey
    Borders Egypt, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and The West Bank (Palestine)
    UN approved its Independence (May 14, 1948)
    Very dry, so everything is used for irrigation, including the Sea of Galilee.
    Israel proclaimed Jerusalem as its capital in 1950, but few countries recognize it.
    They use the Jewish calendar which is lunar based.
    Currency are shekels and agorots.
    Israelis go out of their way to have the glue on their postage stamps certified kosher.
    Israelis call themselves Sabras.
    Its military commando raided a ship carrying humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip (killing 9) after the ship tried to cross Israel's blockade of Gaza (May 31, 2010).
    Life is Western - no turbans caftans or purdahs.
    It is the only true democracy in the Middle East.
    It is the birth place of the Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths.
    Life expectancy is 78½.
    The Soviet Union and the United States both voted for Israel's formation in the UN mandate (The United Kingdom abstained - 1948).
    Like the U.S., their Supreme Court justices are appointed for life by the president.
    Women and men are equally drafted and utilized by the military.
    Durra is a sorghum, that grows there.
    There are 300 schools for Arabs, including a teacher's college at Jaffa.
    Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer was a trained sniper when she briefly lived in Israel.
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