Introduction p.1 I. Geography of Israel p.2 II.
Population of Israel p.3 III. History of Israel p.4 IV.
Government of Israel p.5,6 V. Religions of Israel p.7
Bibliography p.8 Introduction In the past few decades,
atleast since 1948, no other country has been in the news
more often or has gotten more international attention than
Israel. First, Israel got attention because it was to be a
refuge for the poor unfortunate Jewish people who survived
the Holocaust. They would, once and for all, have a Jewish
homeland, where the key to citizenship was simply being
Jewish. The majority of the world had sympathy for the
Jewish people, at that time. Along with this sympathy the
world had expectations that the Jewish people would be
better, morally, than the other nations of the world. As a
result, Israel is often put under a figurative microscope and
each and every thing she does is analyzed. For many years
people only said the nicest things about Israel, but that has
changed, recently. Many people think that one of the
reasons for this change is because of the power the Arabs
have as a result of their oil and money. Since 1948 Israel has
had to deal with regular wars waged by its Arab neighbors,
with one of the highest taxation systems in the world and
with double digit inflation every year. There is a division
among its religious and non-religious people, and a division
among its citizens of European vs. North African origin.
Israel has, in the past, had to deal with not enough
immigration and most recently too much immigration. When
Israel was first established there was much work to be done
and too few people to do it. Now there is rising
unemployment in Israel, partly because of the mass of new
immigrants from the Soviet Union and from Ethiopia. There
was a time when people moved to Israel and never thought
about leaving; that has changed. You will learn more, in the
following pages, about this dynamic and wonderful country
of ours, "Eretz Yisrael", the Land of Israel, homeland of the
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The Jewish Week. (May 4, 1990) p.2. 8. Lief, Louise,
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