Israel’s Population Stands at 8.7 Million on Eve of Jewish New Year

Number of people has grown by 156,000 in last Jewish year, Central Bureau of Statistics reports

Faces in the crowd, Tel Aviv 2013.

On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, which formally begins at sundown on Wednesday, Israel’s population stands at 8,743,000, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported. Of this population, 6,523,000 are Jews (74.6 percent of the total) and 1,824,000 are Arab (20.9 percent). The remaining 4.5 percent, or 396,000 people, are non-Arab Christians, members of other religions and people who are not listed by religion.

As of the end of 2016, the statistics agency added, there were also 169,000 foreign citizens living in Israel. The proportion of Jews and Arabs in Israel has not changed over the past year.

Since Rosh Hashanah a year ago, the country’s population has grown by 156,000, a growth rate that, at 1.8 percent a year, is similar to prior years. About 172,000 people were born in the country over the past year and 43,000 died. The country also saw the arrival of about 25,000 new immigrants during the period. Israel’s net total immigration for the period stood at 27,000 people, after deducting the number of emigrants and adding returning Israelis who had been living abroad.