: Middle East
: Hebrew and English
: Israel Shekel (ILS)
: 20,770 km²

About Israel

The State of Israel, an independent nation in southwest Asia, is located between the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea and the head of the Gulf of AQABA; an arm of the Red Sea. Israel was established on May 14, 1948, as a Jewish state. Israel is considered the Holy Land for Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The official language of Israel is Hebrew. English is widely used as a second language, and recently Russian has become commonplace.