Israeli population approaches 8 million for Rosh Hashanah

Click photo to download. Caption: Soon-to-be-soldiers exiting the Nefesh B'Nefesh aliyah flight on the runway at Ben Gurion airport Aug. 14. Credit: Nefesh B'Nefesh.( Israel’s population has grown to nearly 8 million before Rosh Hashanah 5773, according to data from the country’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

Among the Jewish state’s 7,933,200 residents are 5,978,600 Jews, representing 75.4 percent of the total, and 1,636,600 Arabs, representing 20.5 percent.

While Israel’s Jewish population grew at a rate of 1.8 percent in the secular 2011 calendar year, the Arab population grew by 2.5 percent, according to Globes.

Israel absorbed 16,892 new immigrants in 2011, 1.5 percent more than it did in 2010. In the summer of 2012, an Aug. 14 Nefesh B’Nefesh flight brought 351 North American olim to Israel, including a record 127 to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

Posted on September 11, 2012 .