According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, the area code of Israel is +972. This code is used when making phone calls to Israel from other countries. It is also used for international text messages sent to and from Israel. The area code of Israel is divided into multiple regions, each with its own unique two-digit prefix. These prefixes are used in combination with the seven-digit local numbers to make a 10-digit phone number. For example, if you wanted to call someone in Jerusalem, the area code would be 2 followed by a seven-digit local number. Different cities may have different calling plans, so it’s important to check with your service provider before making an international call. In addition to providing access to landlines, the area code of Israel can also be used for mobile phones. Mobile numbers start with a four or five-digit prefix followed by a six or seven-digit number, depending on the service provider; for example, if you wanted to call someone in Tel Aviv on their mobile phone, the area code would be 972 followed by either a four or five digit local number and then either a six or seven digit local number. It’s important to note that some mobile networks require an additional two or three digits after the initial four or five digits of the prefix; again, it’s best to check with your service provider before making any international calls or sending texts from abroad. To make an international call from within Israel, dial 00 followed by the country code and then the full 10 digit phone number you wish to reach; for example, 001 6151234567 for a call to Nashville in Tennessee (country 1 and city 615). When calling within Israel itself there is no need for an area or country code – simply dial the seven or eight digit local number without any preceding zeros or symbols. Israel is a parliamentary democracy with a unicameral system of government. Its executive branch consists of the Prime Minister, who is the head of government and leader of the cabinet, and the President, who is head of state. The Prime Minister and cabinet are chosen from among members of the Knesset (parliament) by a vote among its members. The Knesset is made up of 120 elected members representing various political parties. The major political parties in Israel include Likud, Kadima, Labor, Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas. Each party has its own platform on issues such as foreign policy, defense strategy and economic policy. The judicial branch is made up of three levels: Supreme Court, District Courts and Magistrates’ Courts. The Supreme Court is the highest court in Israel and serves as an appeals court for lower courts’ decisions. It also has authority to invalidate laws that are contrary to constitutional principles or international conventions ratified by Israel. PARADISDACHAT: Features public policy of Israel.