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Israel. (Fili). What Taiwanese know about Israel …. The typical response when I say I ’ m from Israel: You don ’ t look Israeli. I thought Israelis have darker skin . I ‘ m Christian, I ’ ve always wanted to go visit the Holy Land ( … but I ’ m too scared )

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what taiwanese know about israel
What Taiwanese know about Israel…

The typical response when I say I’m from Israel:

  • You don’t look Israeli. I thought Israelis have darker skin.
  • I‘m Christian, I’ve always wanted to go visit the Holy Land (… but I’m too scared)
  • Israeli people are very clever. Israelis are very good at making money.
  • Oh, I know, I know…Israel and Palestine– fight fight.
where is israel
Where is Israel?

Depends who you talk to:

  • I’m Asian too– Israel is at the far west side of Asia.
  • Israel is in the middle east– but very different from all other middle eastern countries.
  • … Which is why, for many things, like international sports competitions, trade agreements etc. Israel is usually considered to be in Europe.
  • Israel has a very Mediterranean culture– personality, food, music…
israel s size
Israel’s size

Compare Taiwan and


And you thought

Taiwan was small.

israel general facts
Israel – General facts
  • Most holy of places : Almost half the world population considers Israel to be the holiest of places.
  • Israel is a democracy.
  • Israel’s economy is mainly based on IT. No natural resources.
  • Israel declared independence in 1948.
current political situation
Current political situation

Neighboring Countries:

  • Peace treaty with Egypt.
  • Peace treaty with Jordan.
  • Very cold cease fire with Syria.
  • Cease-fire with Lebanon. War during 2006.
  • An on-going struggle with thePalestinian Authorities and terror groups.
  • 7 million people.
  • 77% Jews, 18.5% Arabs, 4.3% other.
  • 76% Jews, 16.2% Muslim, 8.8% Christian, 8.4% Druze.
  • Today :
    • 68% are Israeli born
    • 22% from Europe (+Russia) or the US
    • 10% from Asia, Middle East and Africa.
  • Official language – Hebrew (希伯來語)
  • Minorities – Arabic.
  • Tourists and international Jews – English.
    • We also have a Hebrew to English name translation problem.
israeli jews grandparents come from everywhere
Israeli Jews’ grandparents come from… EVERYWHERE
  • Israel– some have been in Israel for a long time (~5-10%).
  • Europe– All over, like Austro-Hungary. ~25%.
  • Middle East– Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran… ~25%.
  • North America - ~5%.
  • Former USSR– Russia. Over 10%.
  • A bit from Africa (Ethiopia…) : 3-5%
the orthodox religious
The orthodox religious

מאה שערים

Mea Shearim



(Actually we have everything but good Asian food)

the most popular israeli dish hummus
The most popular Israeli dish - Hummus



In Tainan you can taste some

Hummus at the Greek restaurant

(80公園路, but, ours is better!)

something with meat we love shwarma
Something with meat? We LOVE Shwarma

Usually Lamb, but young Chicken is okay too.

Comes in a Pita or Lafa.

Taiwanese version on 大學路 in the evenings. Taiwanese prefer it to be Chicken in a sandwich.

israeli salad we love our salads
“Israeli” salad – we LOVE our salads

3 large tomatoes

3 medium cucumber

6-8 large lettuce leafs

1 red pepper (sweet)

4-5 small radishes (optional)

1/2 small onion

1/2 squeezed lemon

3-5 spoonful olive oilsalt, pepper

visit the israeli restaurant
Visit the Israeli restaurant
  • If you’re ever in Taipei…
  • - 4 Branches and growing...
  • Full Israeli menu.
want to know more
Want to know more?
  • If you’ve got any questions – email

Read Taiwanese blogs in Chinese about Israel :

want to know more1
Want to know more?
  • Watch the Taiwanese visit Israel on “World number 1”:
contact the taiwan office in tel aviv
Contact the Taiwan office in Tel-Aviv
  • Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Tel-Aviv, Israel
      • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6115, Tel-Aviv 61060, Israel
      • Phone: (+972-3) 607-4788
      • Fax: (+972-3) 695-4742
      • E-mail:

They even have a blog: