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Located on the Eastern side of the Mediterranean, bounded by Jordan to the East and Lebanon and Syria to the North. Egypt is located to the South and West. With its fertile plains and valleys the Great Rift Valley, beginning at the River Jordan, extends southwards to the Dead Sea (the lowest point in the world) before flowing onto Eastern Africa.
Israel offering a Mediterranean climate allows for a mild Spring and Autumn. Summers are hot, especially in the Red Sea vicinity, winters are relatively cool in the north and dry in the south.
Facts and Figures
|Population||7,879,500 (2012 estimate)|
|Language||The official languages are Hebrew and Arabic|
|Religion||The religious affiliation of Israeli Jews varies widely: surveys suggest 55% are “traditional”, 20% “secular Jews”, 17% “Religious Zionists”; 8% “Haredi Jews”. Muslims constitue Israel’s largest religious minority.|
|Time||GMT + 2 and + 3 (summertime)|
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