Israel Approaches 8 Million at 64 (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/24/12)
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According to Israel´s Central Bureau of Statistics the population of
Israel numbered 7,881,000 people on the eve of its 64th anniversary.
At the time of its declaration on 14 May 1948 (5 Iyar 5708), the day
before the British Mandate was due to expire, Israel consisted of
only 806,000 residents.
David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist
Organization and the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine,
declared "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be
known as the State of Israel."
New data published by the CBS, indicates that nearly 5,931,000
Israel´s population are Jewish – 75.3%.
The Arab population stands at 1,623,000 – 20.6% – and the remaining
4.1% are immigrants and their children not listed as Jewish by the
Interior Ministry. They comprise 327,000 residents.
Since last year´s Independence Day, 161,000 babies have been born in
Israel, and 39,000 people have died. Approximately 19,000 immigrants
arrived in the country, while nearly 8,000 chose to leave Israel.
Another 4,500 people joined the general population as a result of
family reunifications. In total, Israel´s population grew by 137,
500 – a 1.8% increase.
The data also suggest that more than 70% of the Jewish population are
native-born Israelis, and more than half are at least second
In contrast, only 35% of the current population were native-born in
1948. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/24/12)
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