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At 70, Israel's Population Is 8.842 Million, 43% of World Jewry

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As the modern state of Israel prepares to turn 70, its Central Bureau of Statistics has released some interesting facts and figures. The Times of Israel reports that while 70 years ago there were a mere 806,000 people in the Jewish state, today there are more than 8.8 million, a figure that will nearly double by Israel's 100th anniversary:

On the eve of Israel’s 70th Independence Day, its population stands at 8,842,000, of whom 74.5 percent are Jewish, according to figures released on Monday by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The Jewish population stands at approximately 6.589 million, while Arabs number some 1.849 million, 20.9% of the population. There are approximately 404,000 citizens, 4.6%, who are non-Arab Christians or members of other ethnic groups.

Over the past 12 months some 177,000 babies were born, 41,000 Israelis died and 28,000 immigrants arrived. Overall, the population increased by 1.9%, and at the current rate will hit 15.2 million by the time Israel celebrates its centennial in 2048...

In 1948 there were just 806,000 people in Israel, less than a tenth of the current number. At the time, the global Jewish population was 11.5 million, and just 6% were in Israel. There are now estimated to be 14.511 million Jewish people worldwide and 45% of them reside in the Jewish state...

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