Despite its small size, Israel boasts a remarkable variety of ecosystems, including deserts, mountains, and coastline. It's one of the few countries in the world that has a net gain in the number of trees over the past century, thanks to extensive afforestation efforts.
Israel is often referred to as the "Startup Nation." It has one of the highest numbers of startups per capita in the world and is a global leader in technology and innovation.
Israel is the only country in the world that observes the Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) as a national holiday. On this day, a siren sounds, and the entire country observes two minutes of silence in remembrance of the Holocaust victims.
The city of Tel Aviv is home to one of the largest collections of Bauhaus-style buildings in the world. In 2003, UNESCO declared the "White City" of Tel Aviv a World Cultural Heritage site because of its abundance of International Style buildings.
Israel leads the world in water recycling and desalination. It treats about 85% of its wastewater, which is then used in agriculture. Additionally, it has five major desalination plants along its coast, providing fresh water to the country's residents.
Israel is a melting pot of cultures. Jews from various countries, as well as Arabs, Druze, Bedouins, and other ethnic groups, live there. The country celebrates holidays from Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and the Druze religion.
Israel has a thriving film industry. Israeli movies and TV series have gained international acclaim, with some films receiving prestigious awards at festivals like Cannes and the Academy Awards.
Military service is mandatory for most Israelis over the age of 18. Men serve for three years, and women for two years. This requirement fosters a strong sense of national identity and unity among Israelis.