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Israel is a West Asian country located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It shares borders with Lebanon in the North, Syria in the North-East, Jordan in the East and Egypt in the South-West. In spite of its relatively small area, it contains diverse geographical characteristics.
Also adjacent are the West Bank to the East and the Gaza Strip to the South-West. Israel is the only predominantly Jewish state in the world with a population of about 7.4 million people, of whom approximately 5.62 million are Jews. The largest minority ethnic group is the arab-like segment of Israel, while minority religious groups include Muslims, Christians, Druze, Samaritans, and others, most of whom are within the Arab segment.