Israel is located in the Middle East, on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The country shares borders with Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.
Population: 8.1 million
Ethnic Groups: Jewish (74.8%) (of which Israel-born 75.6%, Europe/America/Oceania-born 16.6%, Africa-born 4.9%, Asia-born 2.9%), non-Jewish (25.2%) (mostly Arab)
Languages: Hebrew (Official), Arabic, English
Religions: Jewish (74.8%), Muslim (17.6%), Christian (2%), Druze (1.6%), Other (4%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 11, 2017
In Canada: 309,650
In the GTA: 137,165
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
City of Toronto, Vaughan, and Richmond Hill.
Israel was founded in 1948 as a homeland for Jews. Its history has been characterized by conflicts with surrounding states and acts of terrorism from Islamist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Repeated attempts to achieve peace (with help from the USA and others) have not been too successful, and there is great disagreement amongst Israelis as to the peace process.