Israel/Palestine

POPULATION:
Israel: 8,5 millions
Palestinian territories: 4,2 millions

CAPITAL:
Israel: Jerusalem
Palestinian territories: East Jerusalem

Income level:
Israel: High income, OECD
Palestinian territories: Lower middle income

LANGUAGES:
Israel: Hebrew, Arabic (used officially for Arab minority), (English)
Palestinian territories: Classical Arabic, Palestinian Arabic, Syrian Arabic, Modern Hebrew

RELIGION:
Israel: Jewish 75%, Muslim 17.5%, Christian 2%, Druze 1.6%
Palestinian territories: Sunni Muslim (97%), Christian 3%
FUN FACTS:

ISRAEL:
Israel is the only country in the world who entered the 21st century with more trees in its territory than it had in the 20th century.

The glue on Israel’s stamps is kosher.

Israel has the highest concentration of high-technology companies in the world, next only to Silicon Valley.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES:
For thousands of years, the olive tree has been an integral part of the Palestinian landscape: a symbol of Palestinian identity, culture and tradition.

The Palestinian city Bethlehem celebrates Christmas 3 times a year. Once on December 25 as per western tradition, then on 6 January as per the Greek Orthodox Church and then on 18 January, as per the Armenians.