Israeli National Day
Yom Ha’atzma’ut, the independence day, is celebrated on 5th lynar in the Jewish calendar.
On May 14th ,1948 Ben Gurion proclaimed the independence of Israel. May 14th in the Gregorian calendar translates into 5th lynar in the Jewish calendar – and that is April 28 / 29th.
Tourism was, until corona, booming in Israel. The headlines in the travel press were; “Israel needs more hotels; again, a record year” etc.
No wonder; few countries have such a variation to offer. Old historical sites, top class museums, beaches, natural wonders, a hip down-town in Tel Aviv – and of course, a special significance for Christian, Jewish and Muslim believers.
In 2019 Israel had 4.9 million foreign visitors, up 14% from 2018. In 2018 4.3 million visitors came; up 13% from 2017. Most visitors came from the US (20%), France (9%), Russia (8%), and Germany (7%).
A Few Facts
Israel today has 9.2 million inhabitants; 75% are Jewish, 20% Arabic. In 1948 700 k Jews and 1.2 million Palestinians lived in the area.
The GDP capita PPP (income per head corrected for purchase power differences) is 40,000 USD, which puts Israel on place 32 in the world rank. The economy is service and knowledge driven; Israel has after the US the most tech start-ups. A top education system supports this.
Israel has been very successful – economically and militarily (2 very fast won wars with countries having 10 times as many inhabitants as Israel). There are three obvious reasons for that; the strong support of the international Jewish community, the support of the US, and the strong will of the founders to crave a home out of the desert after the horrors of the holocaust. But perhaps the most important reason for the success of Israel is the way many Jewish children are brought up; the constant nourishment of children’s self-confidence is central is Jewish upbringing. That creates clever citizens, risk-taking entrepreneurs, and self-acting soldiers.