Key Country Facts
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, at a striking 1,315 feet below sea level!
Israel National Trail, the Jesus Trail, Golan Heights Trail, Machtesh Ramon
Major exports: machinery and equipment, software, cut diamonds, agricultural products, chemicals, textiles and apparel.
Israel, a country only half the size of Lake Michigan! The capital of Israel is Jerusalem. There are approximately 8,174,527 people living here (2016). The official languages of Israel are Hebrew, Arabic, and English. The majority of Israelis practice Judaism, while a minority practices Islam. The time zone is 8 hours ahead of EST.
Travelers to Israel should know that the U.S Department of State has issued a travel warning to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip of Israel. Be sure to use caution and be aware of your surroundings in these areas.
When visiting Israel, adventurers should definitely go hiking on any or all of three trails—the Israel National Trail, the Jesus Trail, or the Golan Heights Trail. These trails are home to major historic religious sites. Also of interest is Machtesh Ramon, a 40km crater that is a great look out to breath-taking desert views. Most of all, don’t miss out on Tel Aviv, the city known for its spectacular White City, Bauhaus architecture, and vibrant Jaffa Flea Market!
One interesting fact about Israel is that the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, at a striking 1,315 feet below sea level!