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Middle East: Israel



About Israel

Although ultimately a victor in World Wars I and II, France suffered extensive losses in its empire, wealth, manpower, and rank as a dominant nation-state. Nevertheless, France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. Since 1958, it has constructed a presidential democracy resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier parliamentary democracies. In recent years, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the advent of the euro in January 1999. Presently, France is at the forefront of European states seeking to exploit the momentum of monetary union to advance the creation of a more unified and capable European defense and security apparatus.


Vital Statistics
Capitol City: Tel Aviv
Population: 5,938,093 (July 2001 est.)
Percent below poverty: NA%
Language: Hebrew (official), Arabic
Date of independence: 14 May 1948 (from League of Nations
Form of government: parliamentary democracy
Title of Leader: prime minister
Natural Resources: fertile plains of the Pampas, lead, zinc, tin, copper, iron ore, manganese, petroleum, uranium
Environmental Issues: limited arable land and natural fresh water resources pose serious constraints; desertification; air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions; groundwater pollution from industrial and domestic waste, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides
Agricultural Products: citrus, vegetables, cotton; beef, poultry, dairy products
Imports: raw materials, military equipment, investment goods, rough diamonds, fuels, consumer goods
Exports: US 36%, UK 6%, Benelux 5%, Hong Kong 4%, Netherlands 4% (1999)
Trading Partners: MPORTS: US 20%, Benelux 11%, Germany 8%, UK 8%, Switzerland 6%, Italy 5% (1999)
EXPORTS: US 36%, UK 6%, Benelux 5%, Hong Kong 4%, Netherlands 4% (1999)

 

Israel Headlines

picturesoftheworld.com Tel Aviv skyline


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