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Israel

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  • President: Reuven Rivlin (2014)

  • Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu (2009)

  • Land area: 7,849 sq mi (20,329 sq km); total area: 8,019 sq mi (20,770 sq km)

  • Population (2014 est.): 7,821,850 (growth rate: 1.46%); birth rate: 18.44/1000; infant mortality rate: 3.98/1000; life expectancy: 81.28

  • Capital and largest city (2009 est.): Jerusalem, 791,000 Note: Israel proclaimed Jerusalem as its capital in 1950, but the U.S., like nearly all other countries, maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv.

  • Other large cities: Tel Aviv-Yafo 3.381 million; Haifa 1.054 million

  • Monetary unit: Shekel

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