15 Things You Never Knew About Israel

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  • Israel is the only country that ever revived an unspoken language and established it as its national tongue.
  • You may know that the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. But did you know that is that it is 850 feet lower than the next lowest place, which is Lake Assal, in Djibouti, Africa? That’s about 2.5 times as long as a typical American football stadium!
  • With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and startups, Israel boasts the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world, outside of Silicon Valley.

  • Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation, diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.
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  • The Israeli shekel bills include braille, so that people who are blind can identify and distinguish them.
  • The original cell phone was developed in Israel, where Motorola has its largest development center.
  • Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies, outside of the United States and Canada.
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  • Israel is the only country in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.
  • Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds – right behind the US.
  • Microsoft has more employees per capita in Israel than it does anywhere else in the world.
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  • When the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya was bombed in 1998, Israeli rescue teams were on the scene within a day – and saved three victims from the rubble.
  • Israeli cows produce more milk per cow than almost any country in the world.
  • There is an Israeli-made device that helps restore the use of paralyzed hands. This device electrically stimulates the hand muscles, providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers and victims of spinal injuries.
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  • When Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1969, she became the second elected female leader in the entire world in modern times.
  • The glue on Israeli stamps is kosher!

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8 Comments on 15 Things You Never Knew About Israel

  1. Cool! What hechsher is on the stamps?

    • Shifra Bamberger says:

      Israeli stamps are certified kosher by the Rabbanut of Israel.

      By the way, stamps in the US are synthetic (not made from animal products) and are fine.

      Israel began issuing its own postage stamps in 1948, and Israeli stamps have been certified Kosher from the beginning. Kosher is a Hebrew word that means “fit or proper” in regard to Jewish dietary law. Postage stamp glue is certified Kosher in Israel because most people lick the glue to affix stamps, and therefore the glue can be consumed. Postage stamp glue was originally made from a pig deprived product, which made it not kosher. Today, most stamps (including those in the US) use vegetable glue.

  2. well, maybe I’ll have soggy stamps and milk for breakfast–but only the american kind because I don’t eat foods with the rabbanut supervision alone.

  3. What do you do with the part of the cow not Kosher?

  4. linda erskine says:

    love your country, never been there, not allowed to travel due to health problems. Have collected Israeli stamps for 55 years and still going strong. So informative, so history filled, love you all and hope you win the WAR. I also have an origianl 4000 yrs of Israel album which was given to me many many years ago and is my prized possession.

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