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Israel’s Population Approaches 8 Million People

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JPost – On the eve of its 64th Independence Day, Israel’s population has surpassed 7.8 million, a growth of 1.8% or an additional 137,000 new citizens since this time last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

Published ahead of Yom Hatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), which begins Wednesday evening, Israel’s Jewish population makes up some 75.3 percent of the total population or 5,931,000 people, while the Arab population has reached 1,623,000 (20.6%) and those not identified with either group making up 4.1% of its citizens or 327,000 people.

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