Israel is a land and a people. The history of the Jewish people, and its roots in the Land of Israel, spans some 35 centuries. In this land, its cultural, national and religious identity was formed as well as the roots of Christianity; here, its physical presence has been maintained unbroken throughout the centuries, even after the majority was forced into exile. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Jewish independence, lost almost 2,000 years earlier, was renewed.


Israel is located in the Middle East, along the eastern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, bordered by Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. It lies at the junction of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa.

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Long and narrow in shape, the country is about 290 miles (470 km.) in length and 85 miles (135 km.) in width at its widest point. The total area of 20,330 Sq. Km of land and 440 Sq. km of water, similar to the size of New Jersey.

Although small in size, Israel encompasses the varied topographical features of an entire continent, ranging from mountain snow covered pick of mount Hermon , + 2814m (9232ft) through the green valleys to mountainous deserts, and from the coastal plain to the semitropical Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (-408).

Israel has a significant value to many religious people and many places mentioned in the bible can be easily located from air.

The population of ISRAEL is about 7.7 million inhabitants comprise a mosaic of people with varied ethnic backgrounds, lifestyles, religions, cultures and traditions. Today Jews comprise some 75.3% of the country’s population, while the country's non-Jewish citizens, mostly Arabs, number about 24.7%.

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Enjoy your time in the Israeli air space,

IVAO Israel Team.