Monday, June 20, 2011

Support Israel! Do It For The Gays!

The Biggest Problem Of The World?

If that hasn't convinced you that Israel isn't the source of all evil in the Middle East (And to most progressives The World), perhaps Steven Crowder will.


Now try this.

From the CIA Factbook:


total: 20,770 sq km
country comparison to the world: 153
land: 20,330 sq km
water: 440 sq km

Area - comparative:

slightly larger than New Jersey

Land boundaries:

total: 1,017 km
border countries: Egypt 266 km, Gaza Strip 51 km, Jordan 238 km, Lebanon 79 km, Syria 76 km, West Bank 307 km


273 km

Maritime claims:

territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: to depth of exploitation


temperate; hot and dry in southern and eastern desert areas


Negev desert in the south; low coastal plain; central mountains; Jordan Rift Valley

Elevation extremes:

lowest point: Dead Sea -408 m (Lowest point on the Earth's land surface.)
highest point: Har Meron 1,208 m

Natural resources:

timber, potash, copper ore, natural gas, phosphate rock, magnesium bromide, clays, sand

Land use:

arable land: 15.45%
permanent crops: 3.88%
other: 80.67% (2005)

Irrigated land:

2,250 sq km (2008)

Total renewable water resources:

1.7 cu km (2001)

Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):

total: 2.05 cu km/yr (31%/7%/62%)
per capita: 305 cu m/yr (2000)

Natural hazards:

sandstorms may occur during spring and summer; droughts; periodic earthquakes

Environment - current issues:

limited arable land and natural freshwater resources pose serious constraints; desertification; air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions; groundwater pollution from industrial and domestic waste, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides

Environment - international agreements:

party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling signed, but not ratified: Marine Life Conservation

Geography - note:

Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) is an important freshwater source; there are about 355 Israeli civilian sites including about 145 small outpost communities in the West Bank, 41 sites in the Golan Heights, and 32 in East Jerusalem (2010 est.)


7,473,052 (July 2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 96
note: approximately 296,700 Israeli live in Judea and Sumeria (the West Bank, 2009 est.); approximately 19,100 Israeli live in the Golan Heights (2008 est.); approximately 192,800 Israeli settlers live in The Old City of Jerusalem (East Jerusalem, 2008 est.)

Age structure:

0-14 years: 27.6% (male 1,057,113/female 1,008,978)
15-64 years: 62.2% (male 2,358,858/female 2,292,281)
65 years and over: 10.1% (male 331,034/female 424,788) (2011 est.)

Median age:

total: 29.4 years
male: 28.7 years
female: 30.1 years (2011 est.)

Population growth rate:

1.584% (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 73

Birth rate:

19.24 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 98

Death rate:

5.47 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 176

Net migration rate:

2.08 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 40


urban population: 92% of total population (2010)
rate of urbanization: 1.5% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Major cities - population:

Tel Aviv-Yafo 3.219 million; Haifa 1.027 million; JERUSALEM (capital) 768,000 (2009)

Infant mortality rate:

total: 4.12 deaths/1,000 live births
country comparison to the world: 200
male: 4.3 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 3.94 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:

total population: 80.96 years
country comparison to the world: 17
male: 78.79 years
female: 83.24 years (2011 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.2% (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 101

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
7,500 (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 110

HIV/AIDS - deaths:

fewer than 100 (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 136

Drinking water source:

urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population (2008)

Sanitation facility access:

urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population (2008)

Ethnic groups:

Jewish 76.4% (of which Israel-born 67.1%, Europe/America-born 22.6%, Africa-born 5.9%, Asia-born 4.2%), non-Jewish 23.6% (mostly Arab) (2004)


Jewish 75.6%, Muslim 16.9%, Christian 2%, Druze 1.7%, other 3.8% (2008 census)


Hebrew (official), Arabic (used officially for Arab minority), English (most commonly used foreign language)


definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.1%
male: 98.5%
female: 95.9% (2004 est.)

Military branches:

Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Israel Naval Forces (IN), Israel Air Force (IAF) (2010)

Military service age and obligation:

18 years of age for compulsory (Jews, Druzes) and voluntary (Christians, Muslims, Circassians) military service; both sexes are obligated to military service; conscript service obligation - 36 months for enlisted men, 21 months for enlisted women, 48 months for officers; pilots commit to 9 years service; reserve obligation to age 41-51 (men), 24 (women) (2010)

Manpower available for military service:

males age 16-49: 1,797,960
females age 16-49: 1,713,230 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service:

males age 16-49: 1,517,510
females age 16-49: 1,446,132 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:

male: 62,304
female: 59,418 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures:

7.3% of GDP (2006)
country comparison to the world: 6


Following World War II, the British withdrew from their mandate of Palestine, and the UN partitioned the area into Arab and Jewish states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs. Subsequently, the Israelis defeated the Arabs in a series of wars without ending the deep tensions between the two sides. The territories Israel occupied since the 1967 war are not included in the Israel country profile, unless otherwise noted. On 25 April 1982, Israel withdrew from the Sinai pursuant to the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. In keeping with the framework established at the Madrid Conference in October 1991, bilateral negotiations were conducted between Israel and Palestinian representatives and Syria to achieve a permanent settlement. Israel and Palestinian officials signed on 13 September 1993 a Declaration of Principles (also known as the "Oslo Accords") guiding an interim period of Palestinian self-rule. Outstanding territorial and other disputes with Jordan were resolved in the 26 October 1994 Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace. In addition, on 25 May 2000, Israel withdrew unilaterally from southern Lebanon, which it had occupied since 1982. In April 2003, US President BUSH, working in conjunction with the EU, UN, and Russia - the "Quartet" - took the lead in laying out a roadmap to a final settlement of the conflict by 2005, based on reciprocal steps by the two parties leading to two states, Israel and a democratic Palestine. However, progress toward a permanent status agreement was undermined by Israeli-Palestinian violence between September 2003 and February 2005. In the summer of 2005, Israel unilaterally disengaged from the Gaza Strip, evacuating settlers and its military while retaining control over most points of entry into the Gaza Strip. The election of HAMAS to head the Palestinian Legislative Council froze relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). Ehud OLMERT became prime minister in March 2006 and presided over a 34-day conflict with Hizballah in Lebanon in June-August 2006 and a 23-day conflict with HAMAS in the Gaza Strip during December 2008 and January 2009. OLMERT, who in June 2007 resumed talks with PA President Mahmoud ABBAS, resigned in September 2008. Prime Minister Binyamin NETANYAHU formed a coalition in March 2009 following a February 2009 general election. Direct talks launched in September 2010 collapsed following the expiration of Israel's 10-month partial settlement construction moratorium in the West Bank. Diplomatic initiatives to revive the negotiations through proximity talks began at the end of 2010.

There is a reason I am posting this, check out the stats of any of Israel's neighbors or the rest of the Arab world.  From Sanitation to literacy to water use to irrigation to life expectancy you will discover that the "enlightened" Arabs live in squalor, in poverty and without the freedoms that the Declaration of Human Rights demands every nation who is a member of the United Nations is suppose to obey (Except Muslim nations it seems).

What really happened in the Middle East?

Biggest problem in the world? No. Apartment nation?  Hated by Muslims and Progressives because the majority of people are Jews?  Yes.

You have the facts, use them wisely!

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