Israel is the only country that…

Israel is the only country that… has a majority of Jews in its population.

Israel is the only country that…is no bigger than Massachusetts, but often gets bigger newspaper headlines than the world’s largest countries.

Israel is the only country that… is very old and very young. The old land of Israel was conquered and destroyed 2,000 years ago. The new, young Israel is being rebuilt by the descendants of the ancient Israelites – the Jews.

Israel is the only country that… plants millions of trees and hardly ever chops any down. The Jews found no forests, only bare, eroded hillsides, when they returned to the Land. Since then they’ve planted more than 150 million trees.

Israel is the only country that… contains the major holy places of the Jewish and Christian religions and is the third holiest site of the Muslim religion.

Israel is the only country that… uses the Hebrew and Arabic words for peace – Shalom and Salaam – Aleikem- as a daily greeting, even though the country has been at war for much of its short life.

Israel is the only country that… prints more than one book each year for each 1,000 in population. Nearly 4,500 books were printed in 1983. That’s the greatest number of books per person in the world.

Israel is the only country that… had to teach many of its citizens their own national language – Hebrew. Israeli scholars had to push, pull and stretch the vocabulary of ancient Hebrew until it could be used to operate computers and jet planes as well as camels and water wheels.

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