Israel’s population on the eve of next week’s Rosh Hashanah holiday reached 8.9 million, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced on Tuesday.
It predicted that the population will reach 10 million by 2024, 15 million by 2048 and 20 million by 2065. The data include Israeli settlers in the West Bank.
The Jewish population is 6.6. million, or 74 percent of the total. The Arab population is 1.9 million, or 21 percent of the total. The remaining five percent consists of non-Arab Christians; members of faiths other than Judaism, Islam and Christianity; and people with no religion listed in Interior Ministry records.
The population total includes both Israeli citizens and permanent residents. There are also 166,000 foreigners living in Israel, who aren’t included in the total.
Since last Rosh Hashanah, the population rose by 1.9 percent, or 162,000 people, which is similar to the rate in the previous few years. Most of this was due to natural increase — 175,000 people were born and 43,000 died. Net immigration accounted for the remaining 29,000 people.