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The '''State of Israel''' (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, Medinat Yisra'el) is a country in the Middle East region, bordering the [[Mediterranean Sea]] on the west, [[Egypt]] on the south-west, [[Jordan]] on the east, [[Syria]] on the northeast, and [[Lebanon]] on the north. Israel's internationally-recognized capital is [[Tel Aviv]] and its largest city is [[Jerusalem]]. The entire populace is slightly more than seven million over a total land area of 20,330 square kilometers.
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The '''State of Israel''' (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, Medinat Yisra'el) is a country in the Middle East region, bordering the [[Mediterranean Sea]] on the west, [[Egypt]] on the south-west, [[Jordan]] on the east, [[Syria]] on the northeast, and [[Lebanon]] on the north. Israel's capital is [[Jerusalem]]. Israel's population is 7,291,200<ref>CBS Israel: http://www1.cbs.gov.il/reader/mainind/indengnew.html. The statistical data does not contain non-citizen residents.</ref>, of which 75.8 percent are [[Jew|Jews]] and 19.9 percent are Muslim and Christian Arabs.<ref>CBS Israel: http://www1.cbs.gov.il/reader/newhodaot/hodaa_template.html?hodaa=200711171</ref>. Close to half the population of Israel lives in the [[Gush Dan]] metropolitan area around the coastal city of [[Tel Aviv]]. Other major urban centers are around the cities of [[Jerusalem]] and [[Haifa]]. Israel's total land area is 20,330 square kilometers.
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==Name==
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The word "Israel" was the name given to the Biblical [[Jacob]] after wrestling with an angel (Genesis 32). It was commonly used to denote the Jewish people in general. The name was also the name of the Jewish people, the northern kingdom of the Hebrews (c. 1000-721 BC), and is also sometimes uses as a first name.
  
Israel declared its independence on Friday, May 14, 1948 following the United Nations (UN) Partition Plan which was adopted by the UN's General Assembly on November 29, 1947. Since the signing took place in the afternoon close to the [[Shabbat]], the religious Jews signed the declaration first, because they did not want to sign on the Shabbat. Then the non-religious Jews signed it.
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==History==
 
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Israel declared its independence on Friday, May 14, 1948 following the United Nations (UN) Partition Plan which was adopted by the UN's General Assembly on November 29, 1947.  
The word "Israel" is also the name of the Jewish people, the northern kingdom of the Hebrews (c. 1000-721 BC), and an often-used first name given to males and sometimes a surname as well.
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Major cities in Israel include [[Jerusalem]], [[Tel Aviv]], [[Haifa]] and [[Beer Sheva]].
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The State of Israel (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, Medinat Yisra'el) is a country in the Middle East region, bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the west, Egypt on the south-west, Jordan on the east, Syria on the northeast, and Lebanon on the north. Israel's capital is Jerusalem. Israel's population is 7,291,200[1], of which 75.8 percent are Jews and 19.9 percent are Muslim and Christian Arabs.[2]. Close to half the population of Israel lives in the Gush Dan metropolitan area around the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Other major urban centers are around the cities of Jerusalem and Haifa. Israel's total land area is 20,330 square kilometers.

Name

The word "Israel" was the name given to the Biblical Jacob after wrestling with an angel (Genesis 32). It was commonly used to denote the Jewish people in general. The name was also the name of the Jewish people, the northern kingdom of the Hebrews (c. 1000-721 BC), and is also sometimes uses as a first name.

History

Israel declared its independence on Friday, May 14, 1948 following the United Nations (UN) Partition Plan which was adopted by the UN's General Assembly on November 29, 1947.

Footnotes

  1. CBS Israel: http://www1.cbs.gov.il/reader/mainind/indengnew.html. The statistical data does not contain non-citizen residents.
  2. CBS Israel: http://www1.cbs.gov.il/reader/newhodaot/hodaa_template.html?hodaa=200711171