Ten Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know about Israel

10. Israel is the only country in the Middle East to let women drive. And nice cars, too. Up to a Civic.

9. Israel has three of the top science universities in the world. Really four, but it’s fun to see them fight.

8. There are 4,800 startups in Israel. That’s one for every two bakeries in central Tel Aviv!

7. Male cats have barbed penises. That’s not an Israel-specific fact, but it explains the all the cat screaming you’ll hear during your stay!

6. It’s customary when inviting someone to meet you somewhere to actually be there (but only old people follow this custom).

5. No carb diet? Just ask the salad joint to hold the bread and they’ll stuff your salad with pasta and rice.

4. Israel has an amazing recycling program. On almost every corner you can see recycling of bottles, bags, and jean shorts from the 80s.

3. Israel exports over $9 billion in High Tech. While the occasional life-saving device is invented, most of the technology is used to share photos of: cats, butts, and cat butts.

2. Israel is dog friendly, so you’ll find man’s best friend at cafes, parks, beaches, and offices. Of course the best part of being a dog in Israel is wearing a fur coat in the August Mediterranean sun.

1. Israelis love children. Until they’ve flown on El Al.

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Ari Teman is an award-winning comedian performing on TV, in sold-out theaters across North America and Israel, for the President and the Israeli Ambassador, and as a headliner for Jewish, corporate, and charity events. He can whistle in 17 languages. Ari is also founder Friend or Fraud, the 12gurus conferences (12gurus:Health and 12gurus:Charity), and the founder of JCorps International the first and largest Jewish "social volunteering" network. Follow him on Twitter & Facebook for jokes, shows, and updates. Book him at
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