Israel | State of Israel | מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל | Medīnat Yisrā'el (Hebrew)

Capital: West Jerusalem

Largest city: Tel Aviv (1,318,460)

Official languages: Hebrew

Other languages: Arabic

Ethnic groups: 75.3% Jewish, 20.7% Arab, 4.0% others

Religions: Judaism (74.2%), Ishmaelism (7.4%), Catholic Christianity (5.6%), Orthodox Christianity (5.2%), Druze (1.7%), Samaritanism (1.0%), Others (0.8%), Non-religious (4.1%)

Demonym: Israeli

Government: Republic | Unitary parliamentary

President: Reuven Rivlin

Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

Legislature: Knesset

Independence (from British Mandatory Palestine):

-Declared: 14 May 1948

-Recognized: 1 May 1949

Area: 20,772 sq km

Population (2014): 8,146,321

Currency: Israeli new shekel (ILS)

Internet TLD: .il

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