Israel has such a great history behind it. There has been a great deal of events that have occurred in this one country. A lot of the history is still standing today and if not it is still being talked about. The country today has a very different culture than the one that Americas are a costume to. The formal name of Israel is Medinat Yisrael, which means "State of Israel". They have a prime minister and a president that help rule the country. Ariel Sharon is the Prime Minister while Moshe Katsav is the president. The country has a landmass of 20,330 square km and a population of 5,842,454. Israel's normal life expectancy is 76.57 years for males and 80.67 years for females. There are many religions that make up …show more content…
Israel has two official languages and they are Hebrew and Arabic. However, the country only practices two languages, which are Hebrew and English. Most signs in Israel are in Hebrew and English. Also, most Israelis speak Hebrew as their mother tongue, and English is the most popular second language.
Israel's currency is the New Israeli Shekel. The current exchange rate is US$1 per 4.2 NIS. However, American dollars are used a great deal in Israel. For example, real estate prices are in dollars and payment is in shekels, according to the current exchange rate. Also, many industries set their prices according to the current dollar-shekel exchange rate. In addition, many businesses do accept U.S. dollars. There are many historical places in Israel such as Galilee, which is where Jesus Christ grew up. It is also where Tzefat and Tiberias are, two of the holiest cities in Judaism. Despite its importance, it has not always been a particularly beautiful place. Much has changed since the day of Christ. Over the last century, Jewish settlers have cultivated the land in Galilee, allowing it to be use to its full potential. The breathtaking views everywhere in