Israel Abbreviations

IL is the abbreviation for Israel, the 150th largest country in the world. Officially the State of Israel, Israel is a country located in Middle East (Western Asia), bordering 6 countries – Egypt, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and West Bank. Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel. Top 10 biggest cities are Jerusalem (population: 801,011), Tel Aviv (population: 432,881), Haifa (population: 267,289), Ashdod (population: 224,645), Rishon LeZiyyon (population: 220,481), Petah Tikva (population: 200,011), Beersheba (population: 186,589), Netanya (population: 171,665), Holon (population: 165,776), and Bnei Brak (population: 154,389).

Country Profile

  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Area: 20,770 km2
  • Population: 9,072,109
  • Currency: New shekel (ILS)
  • Time zone: UTC+2
  • Calling code: 972
  • ISO 2-Letter Abbreviation: IL
  • UN 3-Letter Abbreviation: ISR
  • Internet TLD: .il
  • State Government Website:

Map of Israel

List of Israel Acronyms

The most commonly used abbreviations about Israel are IL which stands for Israel and ILS which means New shekel (Israel currency). In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Israel, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.

IL: Israel

Acronym Meaning
ASI Agencia de Seguridad Israelí
AIA Agudath Israel of America
AIWO Agudath Israel World Organization
ADVI Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel
AMHSI Alexander Muss High School in Israel
AIU Alliance Israélite Universelle
AICC America Israel Chamber of Commerce
AIEF America Israel Education Federation
AAIF American Academics for Israel’s Future
AFI American Football in Israel
AFIM American Friends of the Israel Museum
AIPAC American Israel Public Affairs Committee
ASPNI American Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
AFSI Americans for a Safe Israel
AMIT Americans for Israel and Torah
AUFI Americans United for Israel
AUWI Americans United with Israel
AMIA Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina
AMIF Association des Médecins Israélites de France
ACRI Association for Civil Rights in Israel
AWIS Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers
AACI Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel
ARIF Association pour le Retablissement des Institutions et Oeuvres Israelites en France
AICC Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce
BTI Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis
BLLS Bank Leumi Leisrael
BLL Bank Leumi Leisrael
BEV Beersheba, Israel – Domestic Airport
BKY Beit Klal Yisrael
BINA Beta Israel of North America
BID Beth Israel Deaconess
BREAK Beth Israel Deaconess
BIDM Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
BIH Beth Israel Hospital
PBI Beth Israel Hospital Association of Passaic
BIMC Beth Israel Medical Center
BIQ Beth Israel Psychosomatic Questionnaire
BSI Bible Society in Israel
BISI Bloggers in Support of Israel
BSI Blue Square-Israel Ltd
BIG Boycott Israeli Goods
BISEXUAL British Israelism
BI British Israelism
BIEC Bronfman Israel Experience Centre
BRBI Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels
CIX California Israel Exchange
CGI Camp Gan Israel
CEIA-SC Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid Southern California
CIC Canada-Israel Committee
CIFTA Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement
CIISHE Canada-Israel Institute for Sport and Health Education
CMDA Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel
CILR Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights
CORDIS Cardiovascular Occupational Risk Factors Determination in Israel
CIC Cathay Israel Chemistry
CIE Center for Israel Education
CIDI Centre for Information and Documentation on Israel
CIAM Centro Israelita de Assistencia ao Menor
CIDI Centrum Informatie en Documentatie Israel
CAAI Ceramics Artists Association of Israel
CCIIF Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie Israel-France
CFIC Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema
CFIC Christian Friends of Israeli Communities
CUI Christians United for Israel
CIPAC Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign
CECI Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel
CAAI Civil Aviation Administration of Israel
CAAI Civil Aviation Authority of Israel
CHAI Coalition for Hopkins Activists for Israel
CCIU Comité Central Israelita del Uruguay
CIG Communauté Israélite de Genève
CIS Communauté Israélite de Strasbourg
CJI Computer Jobs in Israel
CIS Comunidad Israelita de Santiago
CHAI Concern for Helping Animals in Israel
CAIV Confederacion de Asociaciones Israelitas de Venezuela
CAI Congregation Agudath Israel
CBI Congregation Beth Israel
COI Congregation of Israel
CSI Congregation Shearith Israel
CFOI Conservative Friends of Israel
CFI Conservative Friends of Israel
DIPAC Dartmouth Israel Public Awareness Committee
EIY Ein Yahav, Israel – Ein Yahav Airfield
ETH Elat, Israel – Elat
ECI Electronics Corporation of Israel
FICC Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce
FIEO Federation of Israeli Economic Organizations
FIBA Fellowship of Israel and Black America
FII Florida-Israel Institute
FAIR Forum for American Israeli Relations
FIDV Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans
FIDF Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
FIPO Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
GII Geophysical Institute of Israel
GIYUS Give Israel Your United Support
GOI Government of Israel
GHK Gush Katif, Israel – Domestic Airfield
HFA Haifa, Israel – International Airport
HUJI Hebrew University Jerusalem Israel
IIFA Indo-Israel Friendship Association
IMI Industria Militar Israelí
IAFI International Academic Friends of Israel
ICCI Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel
IZI Iranian Zionists in Israel
IS Israel
ISR Israel
IL Israel
IASH Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
IAC Israel Action Committee
IAI Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.
IAI Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd.
ELY Israel Airlines
IADA Israel Anti-Drug Authority
IAA Israel Antiquities Authority
IAW Israel Apartheid Week
IAI Israel Arms International, Inc.
IAFR Israel Association for Father’s Rights
IAFGS Israel Association for Feminist and Gender Studies
IAA Israel Association of Actuaries
IASH Israel Association of Software Houses
IAUA Israel Association of United Architects
IAUW Israel Association of University Women
IAEC Israel Atomic Energy Commission
IAW Israel Awareness Week
IBFA Israel Barlow Family Association
IBL Israel Baseball League
IBBA Israel Basketball Association
IBPC Israel Berry Promotions and Company
IBA Israel Broadcasting Authority
ISOBUTANOL Israel Broadcasting Authority
ICRF Israel Cancer Research Fund
ICELAND Israel Center
IC Israel Center
ICOTA Israel Chamber of the Americas
ICOR Israel Chamber Orchestra of Ramat-gan
ICSQ Israel Contemporary String Quartet
ICAA Israel Cooperation of Agricultural Application
IDT Israel Daylight Time
IDF Israel Defense Forces
IDI Israel Democracy Institute
IDB Israel Discount Bank
ISECO Israel Economic and Cultural Office
IEC Israel Electric Company
IEC Israel Emergency Campaign
IEJ Israel Exploration Journal
IEICI Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute
IEI Israel Export Institute
IFRAC Israel Fathers Rights Advocacy Council
IFA Israel Football Association
IFLA Israel Free Loan Association
IFLAS Israel Free Loan Association
IGS Israel Geological Society
IGTAM Israel Goor Theatre Archives and Museum
ISHA Israel Health Advancement for Women
IHF Israel Histradut Foundation
IHF Israel Humanitarian Foundation
IIS Israel Immunological Society
IIC Israel Information Centre
IIS Israel Information Service
IINS Israel Internet News Service
IJZ Israel Journal of Zoology
IK Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
ILA Israel Lands Administration
ILR Israel Law Reports
IMU Israel Mathematical Union
IMA Israel Medical Association
IMI Israel Military Industries
IMOA Israel Ministry of Agriculture
IMOS Israel Ministry of Science
IMOT Israel Ministry of Tourism
IMDO Israel Missile Defense Organization
IMJ Israel Museum, Jerusalem
IMIC Israel Music Information Centre
INRES Israel National Radio
INR Israel National Radio
INPS Israel Nature Preservation Society
ILS Israel New Shekel
IOLRI Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute
ICC Israel on Campus Coalition
IOL Israel Online
IPO Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
IPAC Israel Political Action Committee
IPPA Israel Press & Photo Agency
IPS Israel Prison Service
IPST Israel Program for Scientific Translations
IPA Israel Psychological Association
IR Israel Railways
ISHA Israel Secular Humanist Association
ISA Israel Securities Authority
ISP Israel Seed Partners
ISQ Israel Short Questionary
ISQ Israel Society for Quality
ISA Israel Society of Anesthesiologists
ISA Israel Space Agency
ISBB Israel Sports Betting Board
ISDA Israel Stamp Dealers Association
ISO Israel Symphony Orchestra
ISTCS Israel Symposium on the Theory of Computing Systems
ITV Israel Television
ITA Israel Tennis Association
ITA Israel Translators Association
IVS Israel Vacuum Society
IVA Israel Venture Association
IVMA Israel Veterinary Medical Association
IWI Israel Weapon Industries
IYHA Israel Youth Hostel Association
IBEX Israel/Bible Extension
IBCC Israel-British Chamber of Commerce
ISAF Israeli Air Force
IAF Israeli Air Force
IAFE Israeli Air Force Enthusiasts
IAA Israeli Airports Authority
IAAR Israeli Association for Aerosol Research
IAAI Israeli Association for Artificial Intelligence
IACH Israeli Association for Classical Homeopathy
IAGA Israeli Association of General Aviation
IAC Israeli Awareness Commission
IBD Israeli Battle Dressing
ICBA Israeli Cattle Breeders Association
ICPO Israeli Cooperative Program Office
ISCAB Israeli Coronary Artery Bypass Study
IDI Israeli Defence Industries
IDRG Israeli Diabetes Research Group
IETN Israeli English Teachers’ Network
IFD Israeli Folk Dance
IGOR Israeli Gathering of Roleplayers
IGY Israeli Gay Youth
IGLU Israeli Group of Linux Users
IIX Israeli Internet Exchange
IIU Israeli Internet Underground
ILAF Israeli Laboratory Animal Forum
ILO Israeli Liaison Officer
IMAF Israeli Martial Arts Federation
IMAJ Israeli Medical Association Journal
INNI Israeli National Nanotechnology Initiative
ISUPK Israeli School of Universal Practical Knowledge
ISQ Israeli Society for Quality
ISPCA Israeli Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
IST Israeli Standard Time
ITA Israeli Tax Authority
ITB Israeli Test Bed
ISTT Israeli Tick Typhus Rickettsiae
ICD Israelis for Constitutional Democracy
ISMAC Israel-Syria Mixed Armistice Commission
JIIS Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies
JRS Jerusalem, Israel – Atarot Airport
JANIP Jewish Academic Network for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
JAI Jewish Agency for Israel
JWJIP Jewish Women for Justice in Israel/Palestine
JBIG Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods
JIA Joint Israel Appeal
KKL Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel
KSWS Kiryat Shmona, Israel – Domestic Airport
KSW Kiryat Shmona, Israel – Domestic Airport
LSRI Life Science Research Israel
LFIB Liga Feminina Israelita do Brasil
MBI Machaneh Bonim B’Israel
MII Made in Israel
MAI Manufacturers’ Association of Israel
MIDC Maryland/Israel Development Center
MTZ Massada, Israel – Domestic Airfield
MIA Messianic Israel Alliance
MNIX Minnesota-Israel Exchange
MIP Mitzpe Ramon, Israel – Domestic Airfield
MCTI Motorcycle Company Touring Israel
MCIL Motorola Communications Israel Ltd
NAI Nachrichten Aus Israel
NIPI National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel
NIK Nederlands-Israelitisch Kerkgenootschap
NIRC Ner Israel Rabbinical College
NEIBC New England-Israel Business Council
NIF New Israel Fund
NIS New Israeli Shekel
NBIMC Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
NIW Nieuw Israelietisch Weekblad
NCIP North Carolina-Israel Partnership
OIA Organizacion Israelita Argentina
OPTIN Organization for the Promotion of Trade Israel Netherlands
VDA Ovda, Israel
PIJ Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture
PBIH Passaic Beth Israel Hospital
PEMI Pediatric Emergency Medicine Israel
PIBA Philippine-Israel Business Association
PSI Professors for a Strong Israel
QUIT Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism
ROI Rock of Israel
RPN Rosh Pina, Israel – Mahanayim Airport
RIW Ruberto, Israel & Weiner Attourneys
SOIL Save Our Israel Land
SFI Schusterman Foundation-Israel
SIBA Second Israeli Broadcasting Authority
SED Sedom, Israel – Domestic Airfield
SIS Servicios Israelis de Seguridad
SIIRD Singapore-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation
SIS Sistemas Israelitas de Seguridad
SBAI Small Business Authority of Israel
SPNI Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
SPAI Spain, Portugal, Africa, Israel
SII Standards Institute of Israel
SII Standards Institution of Israel
SWI Standing with Israel
SUSTAIN Stop US Tax-Funded Aid to Israel Now
SAFI Student Alliance for Israel
SFI Students for Israel
STI Subaru Turbo Israel
SOI Survey of Israel
TLV Tel Aviv Yafo, Israel – Ben-Gurion International
SDV Tel Aviv, Israel – Dov Airport
TBI Temple Beth Israel
TIOH Temple Israel of Hollywood
TIRS Temple Israel Religious School
TSTI Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel
TIE Texas-Israel Exchange
TIX The Israel Experience in Homeland Security
TIDF The Israeli Diving Federation
TRCI Therapeutic Riding Center of Israel
TICO Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra
TICK Tpheris Israel Chevra Kadisha Congregation
TIPLINE Trans-Israel Pipeline
ULAIS Union of Local Authorities of Israel
UIA United Israel Appeal
UIAF United Israel Appeal Federation
USISTF United States Israel Science and Technology Foundation
BSF United States-Israel Bi-National Science Foundation
JEDG US-Israel Joint Economic Development Group
USISTC US-Israel Science and Technology Commission
VOPJ Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine
VFI Volunteers for Israel
WSFI West Suburban Friends of Israel
YFI Yale Friends of Israel
YI Young Israel
YIB Young Israel of Brookline
YIEP Young Israel of Elkins Park
YIE Young Israel of Eltingville
YIH Young Israel of Hollywood
YIFC Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation
YMIA Young Messianic Israel Alliance
ZINC ZOA Israel News Connection


The northern parts of Israel consist of hilly plains, with good water supply and fertile soil. Further south, elongated plains extend outward toward the low-lying coast. The farther south you come, the drier and colder the landscape becomes. In the border with Egypt there is more or less pure desert landscape. To the east, the Jordan River, which flows through a deep valley, forms a natural border with neighboring Jordan.

The climate in the northern and southern regions differs considerably – along the coast there is a temperate Mediterranean climate, while further south is a typical desert climate, with large temperature fluctuations and low rainfall throughout the year. The biggest environmental problem in the country is access to water. Forestry projects have helped stabilize water supply, and Israel has also experimented extensively with seawater desalination. So far, this technology has not come far enough to be profitable to use.


The area where today’s Israel is located has been populated for thousands of years. Jerusalem was the center of Jewish communities until the Jews were expelled in the year 70 AD. After being part of the Roman Empire, the area was invaded by Arab forces in the 600s. It remained under Arab/Turkish control until the Ottoman Empire fell after World War I. Then the province of Palestine (where today’s Israel is) became subject to British control.

In response to increased Jewish persecution in Europe in the late 1800s, a Jewish nationalist movement emerged: Zionism. The Zionists wanted to establish a Jewish state in Palestine through colonization, and worked for European Jews to move to the area. Soon, violent conflicts arose between the existing Palestinian population and the Jewish immigrants. After World War II, the United Nations proposed dividing the area into two: a Jewish section and a Palestinian section.

In 1948, Israel declared itself a state of its own. The Arab neighboring countries immediately went to war against the new state. Israel won the war, and at the same time occupied large parts of the land that was intended for the Palestinians. Over the next few decades, Israel fought several wars against its neighboring countries. After the 1967 Six Day War, Israel occupied the rest of the territories that should have constituted the Palestinian state. Occupation and conflict continues to this day.

Society and politics

The Knesset, elected for four years at a time, is Israel’s National Assembly. Knesset’s 120 members elect the government, which is headed by the prime minister. The President is also appointed by the Knesset, but has a symbolic role. Israel has no constitution yet – the design has been postponed since 1950.

Israel is a divided society. The Jewish population of the country consists of two main groups: the Ashkenazi Jews, who immigrated from Europe, and the Sephardic Jews who are of Asian and African origin. The Ashkenazi Jews dominated the Zionist movement that was central to the founding of Israel, and has later remained a political and cultural elite in the country. One of the major topics of discussion in the country is the role of Judaism in state agencies and in society. There are major disagreements between Orthodox and non-religious Israelis.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, over a million Jews moved from former Soviet states to Israel. The country’s largest minority are Palestinians who remained in Israel after the state was created, often called Arab Israelis. Human rights groups accuse Israel of treating Arabs worse than the Jewish population. Israel also receives strong criticism from the UN for the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the treatment of the Palestinians.

Economics and Commerce

Israel spends a lot of money on the military, and security has always been a top priority for the country’s authorities. There is general military duty for both men and women, three and two years respectively, and from time to time as much as 40 percent of the state budget has gone to the defense.

Israel has an efficient agricultural production and a versatile industry, but neither agriculture nor industry generates large revenue. By contrast, the country has a significant tourism industry as a result of all the historically important sites within Israel’s borders. However, the country has traditionally relied on financial assistance and gifts from abroad to raise its budget. The United States is among Israel’s most important supporters.


The UN Association is offering a role-playing game for the 2019-20 school year in which students will try to resolve a conflict within the UN Security Council (Iran and the nuclear issue). Israel is not a member of the Security Council, but has been invited to the debate because it plays a key role in the issue of peace and security in the Middle East.

Relations with other countries in the Security Council

Israel has a very close relationship with the United States and several other Western countries. Relations with Russia are also relatively good, and the country has extensive trade with China on, among other things. high-tech products. In Africa, there was previously a particularly close collaboration with South Africa (during the apartheid era).


Iran and Israel had some trade political and military cooperation with Iran in the 1950s and 1960s, but this came to an abrupt end as a result of the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. From that time, Iran has emerged as the greatest regional threat to Israel’s security.

Israel has for many years warned that Iran is developing nuclear weapons through a secret program that avoids inspections by the Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). According to Israel, Iran has a civilian nuclear program controlled by the IAEA, as well as covert activities that will soon allow nuclear weapons to be completed if the international community does not intervene. Israel has repeatedly pointed to the need for military action to knock out the most important nuclear facilities in Iran, and has wanted the United States and others to join.

When Israel hesitates to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities alone, it may be because several of the facilities are located below the ground and protected by a strong rocket defense (purchased from Russia, among others). It will require a massive attack in several places at the same time if one is to hope to destroy them. Israel also has negative memories from 1981, when it landed Iraq’s nuclear plant on its own in a purported war of war, and experienced massive criticism from the international community afterwards.

Israel believes that the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran is a major mistake, and supports the US withdrawal from the agreement. They claim the seizure of the so-called Amad Archive in Tehran at the beginning of 2018 fully confirms that Iran has continued its illegal nuclear activities long after they assured the IAEA and the world community that they did not. When it comes to EU countries’ efforts to create an alternative trade mechanism (INSTEX) to mitigate the consequences of the US sanctions against Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has compared these with the unforgivingly relaxed relationship of Europeans with Nazi Germany’s development in the 1930s.

For Israel, an Iran with nuclear weapons is an existential threat. Israel fears that Iran, as a nuclear weapons state, will play a more aggressive political role in the Middle East, while inspiring anti-Israeli groups to take on more extreme positions. An Iranian nuclear bomb could also launch a regional arms race in which countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates consider it necessary to become nuclear weapons states. Israel also fears that Iran’s nuclear weapons will have a negative effect on its own population in the form of increased emigration – this is because people will not be able to live in the shadow of what they perceive as the threat of a new Holocaust.

Israel’s nuclear weapons and the issue of a nuclear-free zone

Israel secretly started its own nuclear weapons development in the late 1950s, and today it is believed to have around 80 nuclear warheads in its arsenal. Israel has never officially admitted to having nuclear weapons, although many politicians over the years have neglected and referred to the existence of such weapons. Israel has not conducted nuclear tests on its own territory, but much indicates that it conducted such a test together with South Africa in the Indian Ocean in 1979. Atomic technician Mordechai Vanunu became world famous when he revealed details of the Israeli nuclear weapons program in 1986, and then was abducted and imprisoned.

Israel is not a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, so not all nuclear plants in the country are fully inspected by the Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Israel is strongly criticized for its nuclear policy by other countries in the Middle East. Several Arab countries and Iran have used this as a starting point to push for the establishment of a separate nuclear-free zone in the region. Israel believes it is out of date to support this until Iran’s nuclear program is credibly demilitarized, and other threats to Israel as a result of Iran’s interference in regional conflicts have been resolved. Israel demands that Iran must stop supporting Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon and President Assad in Syria. In the Syrian civil war, Israel has carried out many bombings in Syrian territory in recent years against Iranian military who are participating in the war on Assad’s side, and may also be involved in Iranian weapons deliveries to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Israel also wants neighboring countries that have not signed a peace agreement with Israel (Lebanon and Syria) to do so as a first step towards a more positive climate for peace and relaxation. The Palestinian refugee issue must also be resolved before one can sit down and talk about a nuclear weapons-free zone. Israel strongly opposes that in the near future the United Nations will organize its own conference to create the zone only because it was promised that this would happen when the Non-Proliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely in 1995. All countries affected by the nuclear-free zone must agree before starting the process.

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