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November 17, 2015 3:54 pm

New Report Shows Dramatic Birth-Rate Shift in Israel: Arab, Jewish Fertility Rates Now Practically Equal

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The majority of Jewish and Arab Israelis would not choose to emigrate if given the opportunity, according to the data. Photo: Dave Bender

The gap between Jewish and Arab birthrates in Israel has significantly declined over the last decade, Israeli daily nrg reported on Tuesday, citing new data released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics

According to the CBS report, in the year 2014, the average lifetime fertility rate of Arab women was 3.17 children, while that of Jewish women stood at 3.11. The new numbers stand in stark contrast to those published in the early 2000s, when the average fertility rate for Arab women stood at 4.3 children, and for Jewish women at 2.6 children.

The report indicated that at the end of 2014, there were 2.74 million children (ages 0-17) in Israel, making up 33% of the population. 71%, or 1.945 million, of them were Jewish children, 26% or 713,000 of them were Arab, and 3% or 82,000 were listed as “other.”

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  • E P Campbell

    WAR OF THE WOMB Israeli women strike back. Meanwhile in the UK, 10 million abortions since The Abortion Act 1968. Replaced by 10 million immigrants. British women having 200,000 abortions annually, while Muslims have 100,000 babies annually. Muhammad most popular baby name in London.

  • Zev Davis

    Why should these figures surprise anyone? In general the better educated a population, the fertilitity rates go down on account of the people take “economics” into account when they plan their families. When the family is smaller they can provide “more” for each child, as families. It makes sense for them to have “fewer children”, even in China in spite of allowing its population to have two children, many parents still prefer one child since they can give more the one, instead of dividing it among two, or more.

    Indeed if there are populations in Israel with higher fertility rates, it is among the Haredim, Jews “that don’t plan their families”. so, in fact, if there may be an increase in the population, it will be among Jews, and more specifically, Observant Jews.

  • Frank Hochman

    A great number of these births are among the Hasidim. This is being overlooked.

  • nelson marans

    This is an inconvenient truth for those who claim that Arabs will become a majority in the state of Israel. Instead the narrowing and almost disappearance of the gap demonstrates that Israel can retain all of its present boundaries into the future while having a majority of Jews.

    • Judith andRobert Marans

      do you think we could be related? Where is your family from? Ours from Russia.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    This shift in the demography in Israel may be a sign of two shifts in the Jewish population: first, greater stability, happiness, resolve, security and acceptance of the living conditions and, secondly, a greater percentage of observant Jewish families.

    • As a pediatrician I see average families in Beer Sheva. The pervading number of children per secular family is four. People are generally happy, optimistic. willing to face adversity, no sign of loss of hope.