2. Miraculous Medical Technology
The ReWalk robotic exoskeleton system was made famous on the hit TV show “Glee” but where it really shines is allowing people the chance to walk again
4. We Have the Coolest 90 Year Old President
Everyone loves Shimon Peres. What other world leader gets birthday greetings from Bono?
Oh, and he has a music video.
Tic-toc tic-toc goes the sound of Israel’s unofficial national sport. Played every day at our beaches.
There’s no winner or loser, no one keeps score. Yet it’s the most competitive and intense game you can imagine
9. Invented First Ever Flash Drive
The Israeli company M-Systems developed the “DiskOnKey” in 1999, and IBM launched it with a whopping 8 Megabytes of data storage for only 49.99! That’s almost enough space for 3 whole MP3s!
11. Israel is Extremely Happy
A 2013 study called the World Happiness Report ranked Israel the 11th-happiest country in the world, ahead of the United States, and far ahead of its neighbors in the region.
Denmark, Norway and Switzerland nabbed the top 3 spots in the study.
15. Tel Aviv PRIDE
One of the great things about Tel Aviv is that there’s no single “Gay District” - the entire city is LGBTQ friendly, and nowhere is that on display more than the yearly Pride Parade, which brings 100,000 Israelis of every walk of life to one of the most fun events of the year
16. The Negev Desert
It’s like our very own Tatooine
19. Temple Mount/Al Aqsa Mosque
The Temple Mount, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The Al Aqsa mosque is one of the most important holy places in the world for Muslims, as it is believed to be the place where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.
30. We’re the “Start Up Nation”
Nowhere outside of Silicon valley are there more tech startups. Israel has the highest per capita start ups in the world, the highest per capita patents, and our country the size of New Jersey has the 3rd most companies listed on NASDAQ, after the U.S. and China.
31. Critically Acclaimed Israeli Film Scene
Fun fact: Israel has the highest number of films nominated for an Academy Award (10) without a win. In 2014, the Israeli dark comedy “Zero Motivation” won top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival.
32. Kosher Fast Food
“President Obama” makes a special cameo in this hysterical McDonald’s Israel commercial
35. In Treatment
And In Treatment? We used to call that BeTipul
38. Soccer (Football) is Our National Pastime
44. Laila Lavan - White Night in Tel Aviv
The first “White Night” was held in 2003 to celebrate UNESCO awarding of World Heritage status to the White City, Tel Aviv’s internationally renowned collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus or International-style buildings constructed in the 1930s.
The entire city transforms into a massive all-night party, with outdoor concerts, art shows lasting into the wee hours of the morning.
46. Medium to Deep Fried Goodness
What makes Israeli cuisine so special is the fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. On top of that, you have diverse Jewish culinary traditions from both European (Ashkenazi) and African/Middle East (Sephardic) origins.
On top, we have Jahnoon, the Yemenite dough that’s baked in butter and oil over and over and over again, traditionally cooked overnight for the perfect Shabbat brunch.
47. The Spirit of Coexistence
Israel’s Declaration of Independence, signed on May 14, 1948 declared that the new State “will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture”
Whether it be in schools, the playground or in the workplace, Israel’s Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze are all an integral part of Israeli society
48. Friendships Last Longer
When you live in a country the size of New Jersey, you’re never far from anyone. Your old college buddies or best friend growing up are usually less than an hour’s drive.
There’s just something special about the small size of Israel that blurs the line between friends and family
51. Better Agriculture for a Better World
We didn’t just make the desert bloom in Israel. Israel’s expertise and innovations in agricultural technology have helped millions around the world. From revolutionizing drip irrigation to solar power, the Israeli creative spirit extends far beyond our small country.
54. The Israeli Coffee Shop
Israelis like to take their time with coffee. And being able to sit outside and sip a latte all day long doesn’t hurt either.
Maybe that’s why you won’t see any Starbucks in Israel, who closed up shop in 2003 as they didn’t quite match with how Israelis drink their coffee.
63. Kibbutz (Then and Now)
With what started in 1909 as a communal farming program has evolved and is still going strong today. There are over 250 kibbutzim throughout Israel.
64. The Miracle of 1948
After thousands of years in exile, the Jewish people rose from the ashes of the Holocaust to establish the modern State of Israel. 66 years later, nothing can compare to the joy of May 14th, 1948 when the Jewish State was born
65. Israel’s Creative Spirit
Behind every great Israeli invention, every great artist, every great company is the heart and soul of the Start-Up Nation, our Creative Spirit. It’s what allowed us to make the desert bloom in 1948, and it’s what drives us forward into the 21st century.
66. We Literally Have Wonderwoman
If you don’t already know Gal Gadot, it’s time to play catch up : http://www.cinemablend.com/pop/Meet-Gal-Gadot-9-Things-Know-About-Wonder-Woman-64792.html
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