Times of Israel — Israel’s population stands at more than 8 million, and three quarters of them are Jewish, according to statistics released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday. On the eve of Rosh Hashana – the Jewish New Year, which begins on Wednesday evening – the state’s population numbersÂ 8,081,000 citizens, a growth of some 142,000 since the previous Rosh Hashana, representing a normal population growth of 1.8 percent.
Of Israel’s total population, 6,066,000 are Jewish, a full 75.1 percent. Israeli Arab citizens, Muslim, Christian, Druze and Bedouin alike, number 1,670,000, or 20.7% of the population. There are a further 345,000 citizens (4.2% of the population) who are Christians but not Arabs, belong to other religionsÂ or declined to state their religion to the Interior Ministry.