1. Size Doesn't Matter Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via giphy.com Israel and Massachusetts might not take up too much room on the map, but are key players in the global community! 2. Start Up Nation vs. The Hub MA Econ. Dev. Mission, Israel 2016, Flickr / Via Flickr: 146200640@N05 A recent study published by the New England-Israel Business Council found that over 200 Israeli-founded businesses called Greater Boston home in 2015, and on a recent economic development mission, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bilateral agreement with Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson to spur cooperation in R&D between Israel and the Commonwealth. Did we mention that MassChallenge, the most startup friendly accelerator on the planet, also has a location in Israel? 3. World Class Academic Institutions & Research Centers Via medium.com It's no secret that Boston is home to fantastic academic institutions - Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, Brandeis and Northeastern, to name a few. Meanwhile, Israel has the highest number of academics per capita in the world and Harvard Business School recently opened a global research center in Tel Aviv! Learn more about US-Israel academic collaborations here! 4. Bibi attended MIT in the 1970s Via youtube.com 5. Town names nobody else can pronounce View this video on YouTube youtube.com Is it Akko or Acre, Caesarea or Qeysarya? Don't even try to pronounce Worcester, Billerica or Gloucester! 6. Cities of Champions Over the past 16 years, the Celtics, Pats, Red Sox and Bruins have won 9 championship titles. Meanwhile, over in Europe, Maccabi Tel Aviv has won 4 European Championships and is Israel's most successful basketball team. Did you also know that the Kraft Family Foundation is building an (American) football stadium in Jerusalem that will open in 2017? 7. Let's not forget JE11 loves Israel, too! Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Combined Jewish Philanthropies / Via youtube.com #yalla 8. Major Foodie Destinations @tamirvk Falafel is to Israel what Lobstah Rolls are to Massachusetts 9. You might want to avoid driving in either place... Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via giphy.com Neither Bostonians nor Israelis are known for their calm driving demeanor 10. Historic Port Cities Israel Tourism / Via Flickr: visitisrael Way before the Sons of Liberty were dumping tea into the Boston Harbor, the Port of Jaffa was the setting of the biblical stories of Jonah, Solomon and Saint Peter as well as the mythological story of Andromeda and Perseus. 11. Trendy Farmer's Markets Israel Tourism / Via Flickr: visitisrael Okay, fine. Nothing can reeeeeally compare to Mahane Yehuda in Jerusalem or Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, but Boston does have some bustling spots like SoWa or the Boston Public Market! 12. Breathtaking mountain ranges @tamirvk Jerusalem or the Berkshires - can you even tell the difference? 13. Beach = Life Israel Tourism / Via Flickr: visitisrael While Bostonians flee the city to the Cape or Martha's Vineyard in the summer, Israelis spend all year on the beaches of Tel Aviv and Eilat! 14. Peaceful Public Parks Winter, spring, summer or fall, you can always find people enjoying the Boston Public Gardens or Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv! 15. Hosts to major international marathons Via commons.wikimedia.org The Boston Marathon is a *wicked big* source of pride for Bostonians and as recently as 2011 the City of Jerusalem hosted its first international marathon! 16. Sweet jazz scenes Itamar Greenberg / Via Facebook: redseajazz With the Berklee School of Music in Boston and the Rimon School of Music in Ramat-HaSharon, both Boston and Israel boast thriving jazz scenes. Berklee and Rimon share an international exchange program that allows students from Boston to attend the school for one year and to be a part of the lively educational atmosphere, allowing them to take skills learned back to their home countries or to further their studies at Rimon. 17. The modern Israeli flag has its roots in Boston Prime Minister's Office / Via Facebook: IsraelinBoston A Brandeis professor published a paper illuminating Boston's contribution to what would become the Israeli standard, and on an economic trade mission to Israel, Governor Charlie Baker, presented a replica of that 19th-century Boston prototype to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 18. Both regions share 365 days of beautiful, sunny weather Via weather.com ... just kidding.