On the eve of its 64th Independence Day, Israel’s population has surpassed 7.8
million, a growth of 1.8% or an additional 137,000 new citizens since this time
last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Central Bureau of
Published ahead of Yom Hatzmaut (Israeli Independence
Day), which begins Wednesday evening, Israel’s Jewish population makes up some
75.3 percent of the total population or 5,931,000 people, while the Arab
population has reached 1,623,000 (20.6%) and those not identified with either
group making up 4.1% of its citizens or 327,000 people.
Independence Day last year, 161,000 babies were born in the State of Israel
while some 39,000 people passed away. Close to 19,500 new immigrants arrived in
the Jewish country over the past year, while up to 8000 people left the country
due to natural migration.
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