History And History Of Israel

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Israel resides in Southwest Asia between the deserts of Syria and Arabia and the Mediterranean. Along its borders are the Jordan Valley Rift to the East, Lebanon to the North, the Mediterranean to the West, and Eilat Bay on the southern tip. Israel is divided into three regions lengthwise: the Jordan Valley Rift, the coastal plain, and the mountain region. Extending from North to South is the rift. The coastal plain contains more than a few water sources and has fertile soil. Also contained by this region are major transportation routes and is densely populated from Tel Aviv and Haifa as well as other major cities. Israel’s mountain region goes North to South between the coastal plain and the Jordan Rift Valley. The Yizre’el Valley and the Be’er Sheva-Arad Rift interrupt the mountains at two points. Receiving little rain, most of the water in the country’s streams and rivers is seasonal. From the Hula Valley to the Dead Sea runs the Jordan, Israel’s largest river, this attracts many tourists. The largest body of fresh water is the Kinneret, and the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Both of which are popular sites for tourism. Agriculture plays an important role in Israeli culture and history. Vast amounts of human labor were used in draining swamps and irrigating the deserts. Agriculture contributes 6 percent of the national income though it only employs about 5 percent of Israel’s population. A majority of Israel’s agriculture comes from vegetables, poultry and dairy products, cotton, citrus and other fruits, and beef. The government has completed the Israeli National Water Carrier (INWC), which brings water from the Sea of Galilee to increase the amount of land for cultivation. Field crops use over 530,000 acre... ... middle of paper ... ...ntry. Today, the idea of creating a single society has been done away with and it now stands to reason that the country can only benefit from a multi-cultured society from which the people can maintain their own individuality, while trying to reach a parallel Israeli society. Modern day Israel shares most of the same language and culture as their ancestors passed down through generations starting with Abraham. “Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks that same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago. You dig the soil and you find pottery from Davidic times, coins from Bar Kokhba, and 2,000 year old scrolls written in a script remarkably like the one that today advertises ice cream at the corner candy store (Charles Krauthammer May 11, 1998).”

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