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Israel is a densely-populated country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, the only state in the world with a majority Jewish population.The Israeli new shekel, also known as simply the Israeli shekel,, is the currency of Israel and is also used as a legal tender in the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The new shekel can be subdivided into 100 agora. The new shekel has been in use since 1986, when it replaced the hyperinflated old shekel at a ratio of 1000:1.

Israel has been locked in conflict with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbours over ownership of land considered holy by many Jews, Christians and Muslims since its creation in 1948.

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Israel has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic.

The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth. People can easily float in the Dead Sea due to its unusually high salt concentratio, it's almost impossible to dive into it!

The Israel Shekel is the official currency of Israel. The ISO 4217 currency code for the Israeli Shekel is ILS.