At the time of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, it numbered about 872,000 residents. 716,000 of them were Jews.
In 2013, on the eve of Israel’s 65th Independence Day, there were more than 8 Million residents in the State of Israel. The Jewish population numbers approximately 6.042 million residents (75.3% of the total population); the Arab population numbers approximately 1.658 million residents (20.7%); and the population of “others,” referring to non-Arab Christians, members of other religions, and persons not classified by religion in the Ministry of the Interior, numbers 318,000 (4.0%).
At the end of 2011, over 70% of the total Jewish population were ‘Sabras’ – born in Israel (at least half are second generation in the country) – compared with only 35% native-born in 1948. In 1948 there was only one city in Israel with more than 100,000 residents – Tel Aviv-Yafo. Today, 14 cities number more than 100,000 residents, of which six number more than 200,000 residents: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Haifa, Rishon LeZiyyon, Ashdod, and Petah Tiqwa. (Israel’s Bureau of Statistics 04-14-2013)
“Israel’s population within the Green Line in 35 years will be 13.8 million, according to Central Bureau of Statistics forecasts, with Jewish population continuing to move toward greater Tel Aviv.” (Haaretz.com 01-29-14)
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