MembersDespite the Challenges, Israel Keeps Growing

On New Year’s Day 2017, Israel’s population stood at a record 8,630,000.

By Israel Today Staff |
BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY
‘BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY’ (Genesis 1:28) 181,000 babies were born in Israel in 2016 Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

The Jewish population is 6,450,000 (74.8%); 1,796,000 (20.8%) are Arabs; and “others” (non-Arab Christians, Baha’i, etc.) make up 4.4% of the population (384,000 people).

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, some 27,000 people made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) in 2016, down from 31,000 in 2015. Some 7,000 olim (immigrants) arrived from Russia, the highest of any country and an increase from 6,600 in 2015. But...

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