Few countries are as vegan-friendly as Israel. More than five percent of residents are vegan, according to Forward. Tel Aviv alone has more than 400 restaurants with vegan options. Even the military has a strong vegan connection: One in 18 Israeli soldiers is vegan, making it the most vegan army in the world.
The food industry publication Chef’s Pencil ranked Israel at number three on its list of the most popular countries for vegans in 2020. According to the publication, one of the reasons people in the country have long paid attention to diet is because of Kosher dietary laws, called kashrut, which requires meat and dairy to be separate (fish, or pareve, fall into another category).