25 Facts About Israel That Show Why It’s A Very Interesting And Controversial Country

Posted by , Updated on January 30, 2016

It’s not your average country. Considering the media presence it has and the roll it plays in international politics, Israel punches well above its weight. And whether you believe that it is the worst thing to ever happen or whether you believe that it is literally God’s gift to Earth, it is indisputable that Israel has played a significant role on the world stage. It is possibly the most controversial country in the world, which is saying a lot considering that there are nations like North Korea out there. But why has Israel occupied such a significant and sizable portion of the political realm. Size wise, it is rather unimpressive. It is little more than a small strip of desert. You could run across it in roughly 2 hours. How can such a small and insignificant country persist despite being surrounded by enemies? Even its allies have often not been so fond of it. As we said earlier, regardless of your position on the country, it certainly makes for an interesting read when you look back at its history. At the very least, by the time you finish this list you will have a better understanding of 25 Facts About Israel That Show Why It’s A Very Interesting And Controversial Country!

Featured Image: pixabay

25

In spite of its large media presence, Israel is very small. You can run across it from east to west in 2 hours and north to south in 9 days

In spite of its large media presence, Israel is very small. You can run across it from east to west in 2 hours and north to south in 9 daysSource: frontpagemag.com, Image: wikipedia
24

Underweight models are banned in Israel to help prevent anorexia

Underweight models are banned in Israel to help prevent anorexiaSource: nydailynews.com, Image: wikipedia
23

Israel is the only nation on Earth to draft women into the military

Israel is the only nation on Earth to draft women into the militarySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
22

Robert F Kennedy was assassinated for his support of Israel. This was claimed by some to be the first act of political violence in the US stemming from the Arab-Israel conflict

Robert F Kennedy was assassinated for his support of Israel. This was claimed by some to be the first act of political violence in the US stemming from the Arab-Israel conflictSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
21

Jerusalem Syndrome is an actual psychological phenomenon caused by visiting Jerusalem

Jerusalem Syndrome is an actual psychological phenomenon caused by visiting JerusalemSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

20

In 1963, a jar containing 2,000 year old seeds was discovered in Israel. They were planted in 2005 and a tree that has been extinct for almost two millennia sprouted! (Judean date palm)

In 1963, a jar containing 2,000 year old seeds was discovered in Israel. They were planted in 2005 and a tree that has been extinct for almost two millennia sprouted! (Judean date palm)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
19

El Al, Israel's national airline broke the record for most passengers on a commercial flight with 1,088

El Al, Israel's national airline broke the record for most passengers on a commercial flight with 1,088Source: guinessworldrecords.com, Image: wikipedia
18

Several hundred children and grandchildren of former Nazis have converted to Judaism and moved to Israel.

Several hundred children and grandchildren of former Nazis have converted to Judaism and moved to IsraelSource: timesofisrael.com, Image: wikipedia
17

Borat was a pretty big hit in Israel because his "Kazakh" lines were actually spoken in Hebrew.

Borat was a pretty big hit in Israel because his "Kazakh" lines were actually spoken in HebrewSource: washingtonpost.com, Image: wikipedia
16

Pakistani passports have an inscription that reads "this passport is valid for all countries of the world except Israel"

Pakistani passports have an inscription that reads "this passport is valid for all countries of the world except Israel"Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
15

All Jewish people between 18 and 26 years old are allowed a free 10 day visit to Israel

All Jewish people between 18 and 26 years old are allowed a free 10 day visit to IsraelSource: birthrightisrael.com, Image: pixabay
14

Along with Hebrew, Arabic is an official language in Israel

Along with Hebrew, Arabic is an official language in IsraelSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
13

In 1997 a Jewish women, Tatyana Suskin, in Israel (immigrated from Russia) was convicted by an Israeli court for depicting Islam's prophet Muhammad as a pig. She was charged with endangering life by religious provocation.

In 1997 a Jewish women, Tatyana Suskin, in Israel (immigrated from Russia) was convicted by an Israeli court for depicting Islam's prophet Muhammad as a pig. She was charged with endangering life by religious provocationSource: nytimes, Image: wikipedia
12

Over a thousands letters arrive in Jerusalem every year addressed to God

Over a thousands letters arrive in Jerusalem every year addressed to GodSource: guardian.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
11

Bank notes in Israel (as well as Canada, Russia, India, Mexico, and Switzerland) have braille markings on them for blind people.

Bank notes in Israel (as well as Canada, Russia, India, Mexico, and Switzerland) have braille markings on them for blind peopleSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
10

In Israel you can find hummus flavored ice cream.

In Israel you an find hummus flavored ice creamSource: abcnews.go.com, Images: pixabay
9

David Ben-Gurion, the founder and first prime minister of Israel, was an athiest.

David Ben-Gurion, the founder and first prime minister of Israel, was an athiestSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
8

Jerusalem, one of the world's oldest still-standing cities, has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.

Jerusalem, one of the world's oldest still-standing cities, has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 timesSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
7

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat made Egypt the first country to achieve peace with Israel in 1979. As a direct result, Sadat won the Nobel Peace Prize, Egypt was thrown out of the Arab League, and Sadat was assassinated.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat made Egypt the first country to achieve peace with Israel in 1979. As a direct result, Sadat won the Nobel Peace Prize, Egypt was thrown out of the Arab League, and Sadat was assassinatedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
6

Constructed from the remains of the World Trade Center, there is a 9/11 memorial just outside of Jerusalem.

Constructed from the remains of the World Trade Center, there is a 9/11 memorial just outside of JerusalemSource: ijreview.com, Image: wikipedia
5

Albert Einstein was once offered the presidency of Israel but politely declined.

Albert Einstein was once offered the presidency of Israel but politely declinedSource: time.com, Image: wikipedia
4

Israel has 137 beaches but only 273 km of coastline.

Israel has 137 beaches but only 273 km of coastlineSource: ynetnews.com, Image: wikipedia
3

Israel, along with Britain and New Zealand are the only democracies in the world to not have written constitutions.

Israel, along with Britain and New Zealand are the only democracies in the world to not have written constitutionsSource: consoc.org, Image: wikipedia
2

The coastal city of Ashkelon is home to the largest dog cemetery in the ancient world.

The coastal city of Ashkelon is home to the largest dog cemetery in the ancient worldSource: academia.edu, Image: wikipedia
1

There is a Jewish sect known as Neturei Karta that supports Palestine and calls for the state of Israel to be peacefully dismantled.

There is a Jewish sect known as Neturei Karta that supports Palestine and calls for the state of Israel to be peacefully dismantledSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

SEE ALSO: 25 Most Visited Countries In The World »

NOW WATCH: 25 Of The Most Evil Serial Killers You Have Ever Known

Subscribe to List25
Show Us Your Love
Join Over 2 Million+ List25 Fans