74 Incredible Facts About Israel – How Many Did You Know?

On the very special occasion of the Jewish State of Israel turning 74 years old, here are 74 incredible facts that will make you love Israel even more.  From an empty expanse of desert that was barely inhabitated 150 years ago, to the burgeoning superpower that Israel is today, the Jewish State is truly the miracle of the world.  We hope you enjoy these fascinating aspects of the country we all love so much, and we hope you will help us out by sharing this link on social media!

Israel is the only country in the world that bares the same name, speaks the same language, upholds the same faith and occupies the same land as it did 3,000 years ago

The Israeli Postal service has a special Letters to G-d department, for all the letters arriving in Jerusalem from around the world addressed to G-d

Israel has more in-vitro fertilization per capita than any other country, and it’s free

Israel is home to the world’s only theater company comprised entirely of deaf and blind actors

Life expectancy in Israel is among the highest in the world at 82 years

In 1952 Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel but he declined

Coffee and cafés are so good in Israel that it’s the only country where Starbucks failed trying to break into the local market

Israel is the only country in the world that has more trees today than it had 50 years ago

Israel has more museums per capita than any other country, including the world’s only one underwater

After much discussion, Israeli rabbis, with help from scientists, have concluded giraffe milk is kosher. 

Voicemail technology was developed in Israel

Per capita Israel is first in list of countries in annual production of scientific papers

Two professors at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University created the first cherry tomatoes

Beersheba, in Israel’s Negev desert, has the largest number of chess grandmasters per capita than any other city in the world

In 2012, Israel became the first country to prohibit the use of underweight models in fashion shows

Passengers on Israel’s national airline El Al clap for the pilots when their flights touch down at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv

Israel has the world’s highest rate of university degrees on a per capita basis

Israel developed the technology that allowed for the original cell phone

The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is the world’s oldest continuously used cemetery 

Two Israelis at Tel Aviv University invented an “Anti-Date Rape Straw” which detects the two most common date rape drugs placed in drinks and alerts intended victims

The Ashkelon National Park is home to the largest dog cemetery known in the ancient world

The Judean Date Palm tree, thought to be extinct, was resurrected following the chance discovery of 2,000-year-old seeds in a clay jar

The first-ever live heart (not real-life size but rather a miniature heart) was printed at Tel Aviv University using a revolutionary 3D printing process that combines human tissue taken from a patient

Tel Aviv has the highest number of dogs per capita in the world with one dog for every 17 people

Ben-Gurion International Airport is considered the world’s most secure airport

Israel  is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East (Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan)

The Dead Sea in Israel is the lowest point on earth, at 1,315 feet below sea level at its lowest point

Four young Israelis developed the technology for AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ

Israel has the highest number of altruistic kidney donations per capita in the world: 1,005 in the past 11 years and growing

About 1 million notes are left in the Western Wall every year

Approximately 1/3 of Israelis Were Not Born In The Country

According to statistics, Israel also has one of the highest amounts of bird traffic worldwide, with over 500 million birds migrating over the country’s airspace annually

Israeli cows produce more milk per cow than almost any country in the world, vying only with South Korea

With peanuts introduced to their diets earlier (mostly in the form of the snack, Bamba), babies in Israel are 10 times less likely to suffer from a peanut allergy than Jewish children in other countries

Haifa’s Carmelit transport system is one of the smallest subway systems in the world, with four cars and a track of just 1.8 km

An Israeli company has developed the world’s first jellyfish repellent

Approximately nine out of 10 Israeli homes use solar power to heat water

You can actually buy hummus flavoured ice cream in a shop in Jaffa

Jews who keep Shabbat can buy car insurance which doesn’t cover Saturdays, making it cheaper

 The word “Israel” in morse code would be: .. … .-. .- . .-..

Israel has appeared in the World Cup only once, in 1970

The most common street name in Israel is Hazait, it means “Olive Street”

Israeli bank notes have brail on them so the blind can identify them

Israel has the fourth largest air force in the world (after the U.S, Russia and China), including an arsenal of over 250 F-16’s

The glue on Israeli stamps is kosher

Israel has 137 stunning beaches 

An Israeli company has developed a revolutionary spray-on skin made of nanofiber to help heal wounds

In 2020, Israel was the eighth most expensive country in the world to live in

Israelis eat approximately 24 million sufganiyot (donuts) during the eight-day holiday of Chanukkah

In 2020, the most popular baby names in Israel were Mohammad for boys and Miriam for girls

Israel has its very own Stonehenge, an ancient stone circle called Galgal Refa’im with massive rock walls that jut 8 feet into the sky

An Israeli company has developed an atmospheric water generator that can create clean drinking water from the air

Israel has the largest underground hospital in the world: the 2,000-bed Sammy Ofer Fortified Underground Emergency Hospital at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa

The main compounds of the cannabis plant were first isolated, analyzed, synthesized and named in Israel

In 2020, 28% of Israel’s population was under the age of 14, and only 12% older than 65

In a tech first, Israeli scientists made a robot hear using a dead locust’s ear

Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, has 120 seats because it’s modeled after the Second Temple-era Knesset HaGedolah (the Great Assembly), a leadership body of 120 sages, prophets and scribes

Did you know that the most popular fast food in Israel is…not pizza, hamburger or even hummus, but falafel

Soon after their army discharge, almost one third of Israeli youths go backpacking around the world

National Geographic has rated the Israel National Trail as one of the top 20 epic trails worldwide

Tel Aviv is one of the sushi loving capitals of the world

Geographically, Israel is located on the Asian continent

Over just 50 square miles, Jerusalem has over 2,000 archeological sites

Israel is a long and sledner Land – it is as narrow as 10 miles (26 km) in some areas and no wider than 70 miles (181 km) in others

The Java platform inside Amazon’s best-selling Kindle was developed in Israel

The fall of the Soviet Union added over 340,000 Jewish immigrants to Israel’s population

Israel enforces “The Law of Return,” which grants citizenship to any Jew who migrates to Israel

A native-born Jew in Israel is known as a Sabra, or prickly pear, which is a cactus fruit that is tough on the outside but sweet on the inside

Israel recycles 90% of the waste water that it creates, making it the top nation in the world for water recycling. In the United States, only 1% of wastewater is recycled

Since its early history, Jerusalem has been a fully walled city. The walls are over 40 feet tall, eight feet thick, and 2.5 miles long. It also has 34 watchtowers and seven main gates to let traffic through

The Sea of Galilee is the lowest freshwater lake on earth, at 209 meters or 700 feet below sea level

Jericho is the oldest continously inhabited city in the world

Israel provides 5% of the world’s flowers. On a typical Valentine’s Day, Israel send 60 million flowers to Europe, 245 million red roses are exported every year

Two professors at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University created the first cherry tomatoes.