Israel is a country of ongoing importance in international news because it is an advanced economy in a region that lacks similar standards. Israel has a population of over 8 million and is a cherished international tourist destination. Israel is one of the top industrial giants of Southwest Asia and is known for technology and manufacturing exports in the region. Israel is frequently mentioned in medical news for groundbreaking research and has some of the best higher education facilities in the Middle East. Israel is the setting of a number of movies such as The Omen, Kingdom of Heaven, and Kedma.