Israel is a small country in southwestern Asia. It occupies a narrow
strip of land on the Eastern Shore of the Mediterranean Sea and is bordered
by Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. Israel has four major land regions.
They are (1) the Coastal Plain, (2) the Judeo-Galilean Highlands, (3) the
Rift Valley, and (4) the Negev Desert. The Coastal Plain is a narrow strip
of fertile land along the Mediterranean Sea. The Judeo-Galilean Highlands
include a series of mountain ranges that run from Galilee-the northernmost
part of Israel- to the edge of the Negev Desert in the South. The Rift
Valley is a long, narrow strip of land in eastern Israel, which makes up part
of the Great Rift Valley. Israel's driest region is the Negev Desert made up
of dry flatlands and mountains. The bodies of water bordering this nation
are the Sea of Galilee and the Red Sea to the North and south, and the
Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea to the East and west. The majority of
people living in this Biblical Holy Land include three main groups of Jewish
followers, the Ashkenazims, Sephardims, and the Orthodox Jews. The rest of
Israel's population is strictly Arab Muslims whom follow the Islam religion.
This country has few natural resources and the majority of its' population is
employed by Service Industries.
Israel's government has changed dramatically since the new election in
May have 1999. The Israelis needed a change of face. They needed a new
Prime Minister who could promise them things they wanted to hear and make
these things happen. The old non-negotiating, thick headed ways of
governing, used by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the peace
process towards the Palestinians, Syria, and the religious conflicts within
the enormous Jewish population of this country stagnate. Netanyahu's ways of
dealing with these extremely important situations weren't cutting it...
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