Israel is a country that will leave you speechless. Around every corner is a surprise. And while there are probably a couple thousand facts about Israel you may not know, here are five quick ones.

1. Dead Sea Salt Content
The Dead Sea in Israel is one of the most famous salty bodies of water with a salt content of 34.2%, which makes it a fun time to float in. But what you may not know is that the Dead Sea is not the saltiest body of water. The Don Juan Pond in Antarctica is considered the saltiest body of water in the world with a salt content of 47%! Nevertheless, the Dead Sea still has another trick up its sleeve.

2. Dead Sea Location
The Dead Sea may not be the saltiest body of water in the world, but it still takes the award for the lowest place on earth above water. Seated at a mere 1,412 ft. below sea level, the Dead Sea makes for an incredible vacation.

3. First Recorded Battle At Megiddo
The first recorded battle in history took place at Megiddo. In the 15th century, Pharaoh Thutmose III led a battle against rebellious Canaanite states. This is also where we get the term “Armageddon,” which will be discussed in tomorrow’s post.

Megiddo Josiah

4. Temple Mount Is Not The Original Jerusalem
Many people see the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock area as the original Jerusalem. However, the original Jerusalem existed below that area in what’s called, “The City of David” area today. It wasn’t until the time of Solomon that the Temple Mount area existed and it wasn’t until Hezekiah’s time that Jerusalem expanded west after the fall of Samaria.

Jerusalem Solomon

5. Tel Aviv Isn’t a Tel
When Tel Aviv was founded, it was nothing but a bunch of sand dunes north of the Jaffa Port. As immigrants began coming to Israel in the 19th century, people began settling in this area outside of Jaffa. In 1909 Tel Aviv was officially named as a city. Unlike Jaffa to its south, there is no “Tel” at “Tel Aviv.” The name is taken from Ezekiel 3:15 and uses Tel (civilizations built on top of another to create a human-made mount, “something ancient) with Aviv (spring, “something new.”). Today, Tel Aviv and surrounding areas are high-tech start-ups that have been said to give “Silicon Valley a run for its money.”

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