66 Reasons Why the World Should Love Israel

By Batsheva Haber

yom haatzmautIt’s that time of year again! The time of year where we all put our differences aside and wave the Israeli flag from our homes, cars or (if you are a poor student who has no worldly belongings like I am) backpacks. That time of year where we remember that, complaining aside, we do actually love our country. That time where our facebook statuses, newspaper articles and blog posts are filled with lists of all our favorite things about Israel and being Israeli. This year I thought it was time to make a different type of list, because although it is clear to me why our state is amazing, for some reason the world hasn’t realized that yet. So here are 66 reasons why the entire world should love Israel:

  1. We have sun, lots of it!
  2. We brought you the wondrous game of Matkot! This alone should make you love us!
  3. Contrary to what you may have heard, we are NOT an apartheid state! Trust me, I have the misfortune of being a Political Science student writing a term paper on the apartheid in South Africa (where the term apartheid was coined), and calling Israel an apartheid is just an uneducated mistake.
  4. We won the Eurovision with a ridiculous song that actually doesn’t make sense, even if you do speak Hebrew.
  5. The Laptop (we invented it)
  6. Waze
  7. Instant messaging technology
  8. Cherry Tomatoes
  9. Rumicube
  10. I would continue with the Innovations, but I would fill the entire list with them alone. Although Israel is only 66 years old, it is known as the start up nation, thanks to the many start ups we have here.
  11. And those start ups include everything from medical wonders to Selfie technology.
  12. Krav Maga the Israeli self-defense system is recognized worldwide.
  13. 12 Nobel prizes in 66 years. ‘Nuff said!
  14. Bamba. Now really ‘nuff said!
  15. Israelis are always going on vacation and touring all over the world! Literally ALL OVER! No matter if it’s New York City, The Alps, Thailand or Safari Africa, we are financing your tourist industry!
  16. Every Israeli has an opinion on everything, and every Israeli loves to share their opinions. Therefore, diversity and tolerance are taught along with the Aleph Bet to preschoolers.
  17. The Dead Sea
  18. The Eilat Coral Reefcoral
  19. Makhteshim, a rare geological phenomenaHaMakhtesh-HaKatan-Photo-by-Erez-Herrnstadt
  20. It’s the holy land.
  21. Religious diversity. No matter what religion it belongs to, we will invest in preserving it and be responsible for its upkeep. This is despite, and perhaps because, Israel is a Jewish State.
  22. Our first prime minister is known for standing on his head.ben-guryon-al-harosh_C
  23. And our current prime minister brought you the nuclear duck and the atom bomb cartoon.
  24. Our water preserving techniques are saving lives worldwide.
  25. You may not know this, but Israel’s army has the most humanitarian and moral laws in the world.
  26. And that’s not because we don’t have the ability to fight, our military technology is among the most advanced in the world.
  27. Once we’re on the army – the Israeli army drafts men and woman alike. Likewise there are options for people with various disabilities to serve in the Israeli army.
  28. Israeli food, as well as Israelis’ obsession with food.
  29. Natalie Portman is Israeli
  30. So is Idan Raichal
  31. Even Wonder Woman is Israeli
  32. Pharrell thinks we are happy
  33. And guess what? We are. In 2013 Israel was found to be one of the happiest countries in the world.
  34. We respond to terror with humor. Time after Time after Time!
  35. But we can laugh at ourselves as well.
  36. We are really big on clean energy. More and more Israeli cities are going green every day.
  37. Salah Shabati! I dare you to watch this movie and not laugh!
  38. Our research is helping the blind see and the paralyzed walk!
  39. Google Israel turns Israeli moms into entrepreneurs.
  40. Peres – Whether or not you like his policies, who doesn’t respect a 90 year old president?
  41. Because Jews from all over the world move to Israel, our culture is by definition multi-cultural!
  42. Gummies – if you’ve never tried these, that alone is a reason to book a flight to Israel tomorrow.{45D51D82-F428-472F-BD81-EE13A68384F5}
  43. We make the desert bloom. 60% of Israel’s land is a desert, and yet we have turned it into flourishing cities as well as agricultural fields.
  44. This photo of a modern formula 1 racecar, racing past the 500 year old walls of the old city of Jerusalem.formula 1
  45. We speak the language of the bible, so even our kindergartners can read the ancient texts.
  46. Oh and that language, we revived it, modernized it, and essentially brought it back from the dead.
  47. Our prime minister changed his cover photo to his comedian impressionist for doppelganger week on Facebook.doppleganger
  48. If you come to visit, you can literally ski in the mountains, tan on the beach and hike the desert in one day.
  49. And you would be able to get directions, because we all speak English, and love showing off our English.
  50. We are the only democracy in the middle east.
  51. We will accept you as you are. No matter what race, sex, political belief, sexual orientation or religion you are, we will accept you. None of our neighbors can say that!
  52. Even though we will accept you we will argue with you, quite loudly. This is partially because we are passionate in our beliefs and partially because we love arguing.
  53. But no matter what, we will help you if you need anything.
  54. Don’t believe me? Check it out! We are always first on the line when a country suffers a natural disaster. Even if said country is not our best friend!
  55. Equality between the sexes is not just a slogan to us!
  56. We believe in hope. Our national anthem is actually called “The Hope”
  57. Metuselah, the Israeli palm tree grew from a 2,000 year old seed found in archaeological excavations in Mesada, bringing the Judean date Palm back from extinction.
  58. We believe in education, health and basic human rights. That’s why all citizens of Israel without discrimination receive free education, free health care and the freedom to live their lives as they wish. These rights are enforced by law.
  59. We are a tiny country, about the size of New Jersey.
  60. Elite Popping chocolate! Give it a try! I promise you won’t be sorry.chocolate
  61. We have a really rich history. Anywhere you dig in Israel you are likely to find ancient artifacts from multiple historical periods.
  62. These artifacts are preserved by the Israeli state. Also, some ancient religious structures that were found were restored and are used again today for their original purpose.
  63. We want peace! If you don’t believe our words, believe our actions. We have withdrawn from territories, froze building processes and released numerous prisoners to advance this goal.
  64. We also want to develop. We love to grow and build communities.
  65. We are a loving and warm society.
  66. It’s only our 66th birthday this week – and I had absolutely no trouble coming up with 66 things that make us awesome!

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