Israel's population is expected to grow from around 7 million today to between 9.6 and 10.6 million by 2030, according to estimates released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday. The exhibited projection, based on 2005 population statistics, was also derived from three possible options - high, middle and low - differentiated by various assessments of differing components of population growth. According to the middle option, the average annual growth rate between 2006 and 2030 will be 1.4 percent. and the proportion of Jews is expected to rise by 1.2%. Ninety-three percent of the projected growth is estimated to be derived from natural growth, while the remaining 7% is expected to be the result of immigration. The number of Jews in 2030 is expected to stand at 7.2 million (72% of the population), up from 5.3 million at the end of 2005 (76%). Correspondingly, the number of Arabs is expected to be 2.4 million by 2030 (24% of the population), up from 1.4 million in 2005 (20%). Finally, the number of those who are neither Jews nor Arabs is expected to be 418,000 by 2030 (4.2% of the population), up from 300,000 in 2005 (4.3%) The number of residents aged 65 years and up is expected to grow from 693,000, in 2005, to 1.4 million at the end of 2030. The proportion of the population in this age category is set rise from 10% to 14%. According to the statistics, the number of children under age 14 will grow from 2 million to 2.5 million, with their proportion of the population decreasing from 28% to 25%. The full statistical report is available atwww.cbs.gov.il.