Israel

Area inhabited 100,000 BCE; farming and herding by 10,000 BCE; ruled by Hebrews, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, and Ottomans; shares name with kingdom existing 1025-933 BCE; much strife between Israel and neighbors since 1948; holds territory from the 1967 "Six Day War"; official languages are Hebrew and Arabic.

Quick Facts on Israel

Go Historic ID
36659
Names
Israel
Location
Population
8,787,045 (#98 in world) (2021 est.)
Languages
Hebrew (official), Arabic (special status under Israeli law), English (most commonly used foreign language) (2018 est.)
Ethnic Groups
Jewish 74.4% (of which Israel-born 76.9%, Europe/America/Oceania-born 15.9%, Africa-born 4.6%, Asia-born 2.6%), Arab 20.9%, other 4.7% (2018 est.)
Religions
Jewish 74.3%, Muslim 17.8%, Christian 1.9%, Druze 1.6%, other 4.4% (2018 est.)