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February 14, 2013 1:04 am

Jewish Population in Judea and Samaria On the Rise

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An examination of statistics presented by the Minister of the Interior and the authorities in Judea and Samaria indicates that there has been a 0.5% increase in the growth rate of the Jewish population in Judea and Samaria. 360,000 Israelis currently reside in Judea and Samaria, an increase of 4.7%, or 17,000 new residents since 2011. This is a 0.5% increase in the growth rate in comparison with the previous year.

The highest growth rate was registered in 2008, an increase of 5.6%. Since then the growth rate has declined yearly, with the lowest numbers recorded in 2011 due to the government imposed building freeze in Judea and Samaria. This trend has now reversed.

The average growth rate in the region since 2005 (the year of the Gaza disengagement) stands at an average of 5% per year. This rate is about three times faster then the average in all of the State of Israel (1.9%), making Judea and Samaria’s population one of the fastest growing in Israel.

Another piece of data indicates that the most remote communities are the ones growing fastest. Maskiyot in the Jordan Valley grew by 30%. Har Gilo, grew by 20%. This may indicate that the motivation to live in Judea and Samaria is still ideological.

The average age of the population in Judea and Samaria is comparatively young, as indicated by the statistics presented by the elections committee. 51% of the population in Judea and Samaria are eligible voters, as opposed to 72% in the general Israeli population. This means 49% of the population in Judea and Samaria is under the age of 18, as opposed to only 28% of the population in the rest of the country.

Avi Roeh, incoming chairman of the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council, stated: “Thank G-d, we are witness to an increase in number of students in the educational institutions, and especially in the grade schools. Our region is very attractive to young families and there is much demand for residents here. We expect the government to acknowledge this necessity and develop all the communities and enlarge the schools in all of Judea and Samaria. This will further assist all the residents of Israel by making housing available and by bringing down the housing costs.”

Miri Maoz-Ovadia, spokesperson for the Binyamin Council, the largest council in Judea and Samaria, told Tazpit News Agency that the increase in the population growth rate is evidence of the prosperity of the region. “This prosperity has been supported by a development of joint industrial areas, shopping centers  open to all populations and an increase of tourism throughout the region. We hope that the development continues for the benefit of all residents living in Judea & Samaria.”

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  • YJ Draiman

    In 2016 The Jewish population in Judea and Samaria exceeds half a million families.

  • The U.N. cannot create or dissolve states and or modify International law and treaties – Read the U.N. Charter – Israel was recreated-reconstituted in the 1920 San Remo Treaty which incorporated the Balfour Declaration as international law – UN has Advisory Capacity Only

    The U.N. cannot create states, it can only recommend and so can other nations can only recommend and create a state that never existed before in history. If they want an Arab-Palestinian Arab state, it already exists; it is Jordan which has taken 80% of Jewish allocated land in 1922.
    In 1947, the UN Gen. Assembly passed Resolution 181 recommending the partition of Palestine. This did not create the State of Israel. The General Assembly does not create countries, make laws, or alter the Mandates (Mandates were a big brother system for setting up independent countries to be led by its native populations, with historic national connections to the territories). The Partition plan was merely a recommendation.
    The resolution also violated Article 5 of the Mandate for Palestine and therefore it also violated Article 80 of the UN Charter. It was therefore an illegal resolution.
    What we call the State of Israel, along with her “legal” borders, was established in April 1920 with the San Remo Resolution of 1920 which terms are in affect in perpetuity. Only Israel can amend the terms if they sign a treaty with its Arab neighbors. Palestine was created for the first time in history as a country. It was created as the reconstitution of the Jewish National Home. The Partition Plan in 1947 was the result of a 1/4 century of illegal British policy (The English were a trustee for the Jewish people, but they violated that trust. the British wanted to control the Oil in the Middle East, for that they betrayed the Jewish people) that ripped internationally protected Jewish rights from the Jewish People, as the British allowed hundreds of thousands of Arabs to pour across the border from Syria and Egypt into Palestine.
    The Jewish State’s reconstitution was a fact 25 years before the UN existed. The Mandate was there to protect its survival, and it was abandoned by the British, not because the terms were completed, but because the British resigned and fled with their tails between their legs, and there was no other entity to administer the terms of the Mandate for Palestine. But the terms of the San Remo Treaty and its affects as international law and treaty, have not been abrogated, it is applicable today and the future, only Israel has the right to modify the terms via a valid treaty with the Arabs, provided the Arabs abide by the terms.
    Does anyone think that after the Ottoman Empire surrendered and relinquished its rights title and ownership to Palestine and other territories to the Allied powers after WWI and the Allied powers set up and established 21 Arab States and one Jewish State? The 21 Arab State doesn’t want to relinquish or redraw its boundaries and Israel does not want to concede any of its original boundaries set up in 1920 which included all the Palestine Mandate. None of the Palestinian Mandate was allocated to the Arabs in the 1920 San Remo Treaty; this was confirmed by the 1920 treaty of Sevres and Lausanne including the 1919 Faisal Weizmann Agreement. The Arabs were allocated over 5 million square miles of land after WWI, which did not include Palestine.
    The U.N. and the other countries must take into account and address the expulsion of over a million Jewish families from the Arab countries and the confiscation of all personal assets, homes, businesses and land owned by Jewish people in the Arab countries, totaling over 70,000 square miles. (6 times the size of Israel) valued in the trillions of dollars.

    The Jewish people resettled the million Jewish refugees from the Arab countries with a limited amount of resources and land. It is about time the Arab countries that received over 5 million square miles of territory, and who terrorized and expelled the million Jewish families and confiscated their land and assets, must stop the delusion that Israel will go away. The Arab states should be obliged to settle the Arab-Palestinian refugees in their countries and or Jordan once and for all without compromising Israel and bring about peace and tranquility to the region.
    Neither the U.N. nor any Country in the world has the authority to create a state or dissolve a state, (check the U.N. charter and international law.) Any resolution issued by the UN must be accepted by all parties or it has no validity and is meaningless.
    YJ Draiman

    Israel in exercising its rights under post WWI international law is to facilitate the repatriation, and resettlement of Judea and Samaria

  • Eliyahu

    Conratulations – next year there will more Jews in Judea and Samaria than in Canada. Anyone who think of making Judea and Samaria Judenrein is raving mad – it could never happen.