68 (Even More) Reasons for the World to Love Israel

By Batsheva Haber

Another year later and the world STILL doesn’t seem to be too fond of Israel. Leaving me no choice but to point out yet another 68 reasons why they should:

  1. 110904200Everyone likes beaches! Well Israel has 273 KM of beaches! That’s 170 miles, also known as A LOT!
  2. And if you love the beach, Israelis also invented the world’s first jellyfish repellent cream.
  3. Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem, is the first “Smart City”, with WiFi access all over the city.
  4. Last year I said Israel had the 2nd highest number of academic degrees per capita. This year we made it to number one. We also publish the most academic articles per capita!
  5. And our Academics also believe in family values. Just look what this professor did when a baby of one of his students was disturbing class:
  6. If you are in the candy business, we are probably helping you out. Israel is 3rd in the world in sweets consumption. Pretty impressive for a small country.
  7. Don’t worry health nuts of the world, we are also third in vegetable consumption.
  8. And while we are on the topic of health nuts… Tel Aviv is one of the vegan capitals of the world.
  9. Not Vegan? Our Cows are first in the world in Milk production. Truly the “Land of Milk and Honey”.
  10. Speaking of which, when it comes to Honey, you heard production is declining? Well not in Israel.
  11. Talk about equality between the sexes? Israel had a woman prime minister… way back in the 60s!
  12. Are you a dog person? There are nearly 400,000 dog owners in Israel, and some of the best facilities for dogs worldwide.
  13. And guess where the a 25,000 year old dog cemetery was found? Ashkelon, Israel.
  14. ShowImageMore of a cat person? The cat is basically the Israeli squirrel.
  15. Israel was the first country to outlaw underweight models.
  16. Israel was the 8th country to send a Satellite into space. Up to date only 12 countries have done that.
  17. Israel invented proximity sensor technology for your car. Technology that helps avoid accidents and saves lives.
  18. We also save lives using the Pillcam. A tiny, pill sized camera you can swallow.
  19. And by inventing the Hasake lifeboat for lifeguards.
  20. We also invent entertainment technology, like hand gesture controls.
  21. Did you enjoy Superman Vs. Batman? Well Wonder Woman is Israeli.
  22. More of a Marvel fan? Well Black Widow is a big fan of Israel, or at least of SodaStream, the company she is an ambassador for.
  23. Speaking of which, SodaStream, another Israelis invention.
  24. Despite war and terror, Israel has one of the highest life expectancy in the world!
  25. Do you live in Europe and need to make up for something with your girlfriend? Simply send her one of the over 30 million flowers we import to you.
  26. Israel is developing a cure for MS.
  27. We also developed a cure to bad breath.
  28. Our military technology is also geared at saving lives. Most famous is our Iron Dome that protects civilians from rocket attack.
  29. Speaking of our military, the Israeli Defense Force has a special program, “Equal in Uniform” – where people with special needs get to serve.
  30. In fact the IDF tries to include all soldiers, no matter what their needs may be. For example, many commanders are sent to a sign language course so that they can better communicate with their deaf soldiers.
  31. Israel invented the technology used for unmanned flight.
  32. Also, Lady Gaga’s crazy shoes… designed by an Israeli.
  33. The Jaffa Orange.
  34. Sabich – A classic Israeli sandwich.
  35. Sachlav – Not sure what this drink is, but it is a winter classic in Israel.
  36. And although we Israelis love our wines, beers and arak, a recent OECD report found us to be the lowest in binge drinking.
  37. Israelis are beautiful – A Traveler Digest poll put us in the top 10 for both best looking men, and best looking women.
  38. Not just a pretty face, Be’er Sheva has the highest number of chess masters per capita.
  39. Maktesh Ramon – a beautiful and rare natural geological phenomenon.
  40. Do you like using Uber? Israeli technology…
  41. Israel has more than 45,000 registered Non Profit Organizations.
  42. These Non Profits help in various different fields, including education, health, the arts, advocacy, children and youth at risk, legal services, animal rescue, religion, and many, many more.
  43. And that is in addition to the government social welfare we have in Israel.
  44. Idan Reichel and his music project.
  45. If classical music is more your thing, Itzhak Pearlman, the world famous violinist, also Israeli.
  46. Israel fights for equality. A good example of this is the “Tav Chevrati” – a certificate given to restaurants based on the treatment of their workers, and their handicap accessibility.
  47. Colorful hills of Eilat.
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  48. We serve our chocolate milk in a bag. Once you try it the “Shoko b’Sakit” way, there is no going back.
  49. Chocolate balls. An Israeli delicacy… served both by top notch cafes and your 5 year old kindergartener.
  50. You heard we were anti-peace? Tell that to our 3 Nobel Peace Prize winners.
  51. Agam – one of the most famous Israeli artist.
  52. We celebrate not just conventional art, but also have some great graffiti art projects, like the Machaneh Yehuda Market.
  53. P’titim – the “Israeli Couscous”, invented by Israeli’s first prime minister, as a cheap mass produced food, for when food was scarce in Israel.
  54. 144062Sufganiyot – The Israeli doughnut. This is a seasonal food, found all around Israel for Chanukka.
  55. Israel believes in a free market. That is why, every year there is a nation wide Sufganiya competition, where bakeries battle to make the very best doughnut!
  56. Despite difficulties, year after year we rate higher and higher on the happiness index. (I know I used this in the past, but what can I say, we keep getting happier).
  57. This might be due to our great attitude, best described by one of Israel’s top songs of the year: “Ha’chayim Shelanu Tutim”. Literally, “Our Life is Strawberries”. Arguing that we can’t complain, because all in alתl our life is great… it’s “strawberries”.
  58. One of Israeli’s favorite pastimes is “Bira v’Nashira” – evenings where people from all walks of life gather together to drink beer and sing old Israeli songs.
  59. Are you an archaeology fan? Israel is a very historic countries, with archaeological sites everywhere.
  60. Save a Child’s Heart – an Israeli organization that brings children from all over the world to Israel, where they undergo lifesaving heart surgeries.
  61. And we provide that service to anyone who needs it… Even the granddaughter of our enemy, Haniyeh, the head of Hamas.
  62. iStock_chocolate_spreadcChocolate Spread – The Israeli Nutella. Served in all Israeli kindergartens.
  63. Unlike all of Europe, our demographics are growing, not shrinking.
  64. Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, is known in Israel as Batman. He acquired that nickname after personally stopping terrorist attacks in the streets of Jerusalem, performing first aid in the Jerusalem market, and saving Jerusalem drivers stuck in the snow.
  65. We had the hipster beard before it was a thing.
  66. An Israeli invented a paper bike. Made from recycled cardboard. It can withstand rain and wind.
  67. Our Israeli Soldiers love to dance.
  68. Despite being just 68 years young, we have so many accomplishments… World, just wait to see what year 69 brings!

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