Why was FactsOfIsrael.com created?
My name is David Melle and I decided to create this site after realizing that although many people are
passionate about the Israeli/Palestinian/Arab conflict, many are also clueless
about the history, stats, and even the basic facts on Israel and the Middle East.
I lived in Israel for 10 years, from 1987 to 1997. In December of 1997 I moved to
San Francisco, CA, home of the
San Francisco 49ers,
Giants, and where hundreds of
technology companies innovate every day in the Silicon Valley.
An Israeli solidarity demonstration with the U.S.
after the heinous attacks of 9/11.
I made many friends: bright, educated, and simply fun people to be with. My problem,
and the reason for this site to exist, is that a few times I ran into some folks
who hated Israel with a passion. They fully supported the Palestinian/Arab cause
no matter what happened in the past or in the present, and some didn't even
acknowledge the right for the State of Israel and
its people to exist!
I entered into many arguments with my friends, and after
much fear, anger and anxiety, I realized that some didn't know anything about
the conflict. They had seen a few headlines that mentioned the occupied
territories or the settlements, or they had been reading
an anti-Israeli magazine such as
"The Economist", and now they felt
that they were experts on the issue, and the world would be a better place without
the State of Israel and Israelis.
If you hate Israel so much that the above lines already made you angry, stop here -
you are probably not interested in facts and you'll dismiss this site as Israeli fascist propaganda anyway. But if you
are looking for some basic facts on Israel and the Middle East, continue on.
Please note that the amount of information on the State of Israel and the Middle
East is enormous. There are many sites out there and dozens of books that will go
into far more details than what you'll find at FactsOfIsrael.com.
I took my best shot at presenting what I felt was important and relevant for someone
that wishes to better understand the conflict. These pages are made of facts: facts
about the State of Israel, facts about people and armies,
facts about the borders and the political structure of the Middle East.
Although this site covers facts, FactsOfIsrael.com is
subjective. It is my point on view on how
and which information should be presented. I tried to make this site consise
and to the point, similar to an "Israel for dummies" book if
such a book existed. I built this site from what I knew on Israel and
the Middle East and from additional research, but please
me know if you have any remarks on the facts listed here (be sure
to back up your claims with links or books).
Whenever I could, I linked back to a site or book that would confirm the fact.
Use the menu on the left to access any of the sections included in
FactsOfIsrael.com. Here's a quick overview of what is covered:
||The main page updated daily with articles on
and Jewish History
||This page - a short introduction on FactsOfIsrael.com and how it came about.
||Maps of Israel including a size comparison with other countries and the Arab World.
||A history of the British Mandate, the State of Israel and more.
||Stats on the region, population, armies and more.
||This is not FactsOfPalestine.com, but I list here some info on Arafat, the Palestinians and the West Bank and Gaza.
||Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East - this section will
cover its political spectrum.
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Please note that FactsOfIsrael.com is not affiliated with any government, company,
or institution. This is simply a personal attempt to give information on Israel
and the Middle East.