On eve of its 64th Independence Day, Israel’s population has surpassed 7.8 million, a growth of 1.8 percent or an additional 137,000 new citizens since this time last year, according to Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) figures.
According to the statistics, the state’s Jewish population makes up some 75.3% of the total population of 5,931,000 people, while the Arab population has reached 1,623,000 (20.6%) and those not identified with either group is at 327,000 (4.1%).
Since last year, 161,000 babies were born in the State of Israel while some 39,000 people passed away. Close to 19,500 new immigrants arrived over the past year, while up to 8,000 people left the country due to natural migration.
The data shows that while in 1948 only one city, Tel Aviv, boasted 100,000 residents, in 2012 some 14 cities hold that many people. In addition, six cities—Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod and Petah Tikva—have more than 200,000 residents.
According to a CBS report released on Rosh Hashana last September, Israel is still a fairly young nation with nearly 28% of its population under the age of 14, compared to 17% in most other Western countries. Only 10% of the population is over the age of 65 in Israel, whereas the average is closer to 15% in other Western countries.
-Jerusalem Post, 25 April 2012
In spite of extreme difficulties, being surrounded by hostile nations, and spending immense amounts of national resources on defense, Israel continues to grow and increase. Ezekiel 36:11 is applicable, “And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.”
(For more on Israel’s future, read Zechariah’s Prophetic Vision for the New World, Item 1052.)