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Israel has a population of over 8 million people, including the populations of the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, annexed by Israel after 1967.

Israel’s gross national product after 1948 has benefited from a large influx of well-trained and Western-educated European and North American immigrants. It has a population of over 8 million people. The country has obtained large amounts of capital from sources such as gifts from world Jewry, reparations from the Federal Republic of Germany for Nazi crimes, grants-in-aid from the U.S. government and capital brought in by immigrants.

The rural sector makes up less than one-tenth of the total Jewish population. Israel cultivates citrus and industrial crops such as peanuts (groundnuts), sugar beets and cotton, as well as vegetables and flowers.

28-42% of the food energy consumed in Israel comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.

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