[dropcap]I[/dropcap]srael is possibly the most controversial country in the world, which is saying a lot considering that there are nations like North Korea out there.Even its allies have often not been so fond of it.
Here are some facts About Israel That Show Why It’s A Very Interesting And Controversial Country!
-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.
-Underweight models are banned in Israel to help prevent anorexia.
-Israel is the only nation on Earth to draft women into the military.
-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.
-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).
-Several hundred children and grandchildren of former Nazis have converted to Judaism and moved to Israel.
–Pakistani passports have an inscription that reads “this passport is valid for all countries of the world except Israel”.
-All Jewish people between 18 and 26 years old are allowed a free 10 day visit to Israel.
-Over a thousands letters arrive in Jerusalem every year addressed to God.
-David Ben-Gurion, the founder and first prime minister of Israel, was an athiest.
-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.
-Constructed from the remains of the World Trade Center, there is a 9/11 memorial just outside of Jerusalem.
-Albert Einstein was once offered the presidency of Israel but politely declined.
-Israel has 137 beaches but only 273 km of coastline.
-Israel, along with Britain and New Zealand are the only democracies in the world to not have written constitutions.
-There is a Jewish sect known as Neturei Karta that supports Palestine and calls for the state of Israel to be peacefully dismantled.