About 5.9 million Jews and 1.6 million Arabs make up the majority of Israel’s population ahead of the coming Jewish New Year.
On the eve of the Jewish new year 5772 Israel’s population stands at 7,797,400 people, of whom 5,874,300 are Jewish, 1,600,100 Arabic and 323,000 of other ethnicity (most of which are immigrants from the former USSR who are not registered as being Jewish), a survey released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics showed on Sunday.
The statistics show a growth rate of 1.9% since 2010, like that of the past eight years. There was a similar growth rate in Israel in the 1980’s, during which there was little immigration. In the 1990’s, during the period of high immigration from the former USSR, there was an average yearly growth rate of 3%.