About Israel

Israel is an amazing land with a rich history that stretches back thousands of years. Find out more about the fascinating story of both biblical and modern Israel, and learn about Israel's people and culture, in our About Israel section.


The Land of Israel

Over the years, the Land was known by many names—Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel); Zion, one of Jerusalem's hills which came to signify both the city and the Land of Israel as a whole; Palestine, derived from Philistia, and first used by the Romans; the Promised Land; and the Holy Land, to mention but a few. However, to most Israelis today, the country is simply Ha'aretz—the Land. Read more »


History of Israel

The columnist Charles Krauthammer once said, "Israel is the very embodiment of Jewish continuity: It is the only nation on earth that inhabits the same land, bears the same name, speaks the same language, and worships the same God that it did 3,000 years ago." Indeed, Israel's history is unparalleled both in its length and in its richness. Find out more about the history of both ancient and modern Israel. Read more »


Continuity of Jewish Presence

Israel's critics often say that the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel did not exist until the modern era. But this is a falsehood easily refuted by looking at history. Find out how the Jewish people maintained a steady presence in their biblical and ancestral homeland from ancient times to the present. Read more »


War, Peace and Politics

War and terrorism directed against Jews has been a fact of life for Israel ever since the modern Zionist movement began to bring Jews from around the world to resettle their biblical and ancestral homeland. Find out more about the wars Israel has had to fight for its existence, as well as the continued efforts Israel has made to make peace with its hostile neighbors. Read more »


People and Culture

Israel, though a Jewish state, is made up of people from many nations and a variety of cultures. Here you'll learn about Israel's diverse population, and find out more about the spirit of scientific advancement that has put Israel at the cutting edge of agricultural, pharmaceutical, and computer technology. Read more »