(JNS.org) Israel’s population has topped
the 8 million marks on the eve of its 65th anniversary, according to data
released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the Jerusalem Post reported.
According to the
data, 6 million or 75.3 percent are Jewish residents, while Arab residents
comprised around 1.6 million or 20.7% of the population. This was an overall
increase of 137,000 people or 1.8 percent since last year.
The remaining 4
percent or roughly 318,000 include non-Arab Christians, members of other
religious sects or unaffiliated.
Over the past year,
163,000 babies were born and 41,000 passed away. There were also 19,500
immigrants to Israel.
When Israel was
established in 1948, the population was 806,000. Tel-Aviv was the only city in
Israel at the time that topped 100,000 people. Today, more than 14 cities in
Israel have over 100,000 residents, including six with more than 200,000.