Israel 's Impact On The Middle East

1167 Words May 11th, 2015 5 Pages
Israel: Few Against Many Despite being one of the worlds’ smallest countries, Israel has prevailed in all conflicts since its independence from British rule in 1948. (U.S. Relations with Israel) If Israel is lost to the neighboring countries the United States will lose an important ally and strong presence in the Middle East. Despite all the controversy and conflict over the 7,850 square miles is home to some of the holiest sites of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. From the southernmost, desert The Negev, this consumes 50% of Israel, to the splitting crustal plates in The Great Rift Valley (Israel: Geographic Regions). The heartland of agriculture lies in the Mediterranean Coastal Plain where two-thirds of the population lives. The Central and Northern Highlands are continuous north-south mountains whose central portion lies within the western bank, the Highlands are separated also by the fifth and final major geological region which is The Plain of Esdraelon a rough triangular shaped valley. Regardless from the small size, the climate for Israel is diverse. Winds from the north pass over the Mediterranean Sea bringing moisture to the land, the same winds from the southern portion pass thru the Egyptian Sinai Desert causing an extreme arid climate. The economic growth rate is sluggish at best with the year 2005 having a growth rate of 5.25 percent and 2006 having a slightly lower growth rate than the prior year. Many of these setbacks are due to the…
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