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Israel Population
A Melting Pot

By September 2016 Israel population is 8,585,000 people. The statistics are as follows:

8,585,000 people. 75 % of the population or 6,460,000 are Jews. Ben Gurion's dream that someday 6 million Jews will live in Israel, has been met and exceeded. Today, about half of the world's Jews live in their ancestral homeland.

Growth of Israel Population over the years

Growth of Israel Population over the years

Population in Percentages

1,800,000 people (21 % of the population) are Muslim and Christian Arabs.

350,000 people (4.4% of the population) are Christians (not Arabs), people of other religions, or people who are not affiliated to any one religion. The vast majority of them are immigrants or children of immigrants from the former Soviet republics who identify themselves as Israelis, do military service in the Israeli army, but according to Halacha (Jewish religious law) are not Jews.

Israel has 983 men for every 1,000 women.

In 2015 50,797 marriages and 14.430 divorces took place.

27.908 people immigrated to Israel. The largest number was from Ukraine (6,886), followed by Russia (6,632), France (6,628) and the US (2,451).

Three quarters of the population was born in Israel.

34% of the Israeli population is of European-American origin, 14% are from Africa and 10% from Asia.

12.5% ​​of the population lives in Jerusalem and 16.2% in Tel Aviv

The fertility of Jewish women has risen to 3.13 children per woman, and Arab women has dropped to 3.32 children, from 8.47 previously had.

Israel Youth enjoying life in their gorgeous country

Israel Youth enjoying life in their gorgeous country

Israel Jews

The Jews in Israel come from different origins like Europe and the Americas and other groups from Asia and Africa. A great percentage of the Jewish population of 2011 is made of Sabras. This is the term used to call the Israeli born citizens; some are Sabras for various generations.

The origin is as varied as the Jewish people, Ashkenazi Jews as re those that they or the ancestors came from Central Europe and mainly spoke Yiddish.

The Sephardim are those Jews from Turkey and the Balkans. Their ancestors settled in that area more than 500 years ago after the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain (Sepharad is the name of Spain in Hebrew).

The Mizrahi or Oriental Jews that came from North Africa like Morocco, Libya, Algiers and the Arab countries of Asia like Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon among others.

There are other sects of the Jewish people like Beta Israel, Jews from India and Jews from Ethiopia.

Israel Population

Israeli Arabs are an integral part of the State of Israel

Israeli Arabs are an integral part of Israel Population

Israeli Arabs

Arab Citizens of Israel are those and the descendants of those who stayed within Israel borders during the War of Independence when all Arab neighbors encourage them to leave in order to make it easier for them to destroy the recently born State of Israel.

These Arabs that are Israeli Citizens enjoy all the freedoms of the country and are represented in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament). In comparison their brethren that left in 1948 to countries like Lebanon or Jordan are still kept as refugees until lately when a few changes have been made on their behalf.

Most Arabs in Israel are Sunni Muslim. Only a small minority are Shiah Muslim. There are also some varieties of Christians among the Arabs as well as Arab Druze.

Another sector of the Israeli Arabs are the Bedouins living in the north mostly in villages and the Bedouins of the south some of them nomadic and some living in towns and villages with little planning and permits.

A Druze company of the Israel Defense Forces

Druze soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces

Israeli Druzes

The Druze faith is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion based on the teachings of Hamza Ibn-'Ali, al-Hakim, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and Akhenaten.

The Druze faith incorporates elements of Ismailism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and other philosophies and beliefs, creating a distinct and secretive theology known to esoterically interpret religious scriptures and to highlight the role of the mind and truthfulness.[

The Israeli Druze population is about 140,000 in 2016. The Israeli government designated the Druze a distinct ethnic community at the request of its communal leaders. The Druze are Arabic-speaking citizens of Israel who serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Members of the community have attained top positions in Israeli politics and public service. They live mainly in the north of the country.

Other minorities in Israel

Armenians in Israel

More than 5,000 Armenians reside in Israel mostly in Jerusalem in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City, but also in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Yafo. Their Patriarchate is in Jerusalem.

Assyrians in Israel

There around 1,000 Assyrians living in Israel mostly in Jerusalem and Nazareth. Assyrians in Israel include migrants of Assyrian origin residing in Israel, as well as their descendants. The Assyrian Church of the East is represented by the Assyrian Archbishop of Jerusalem.

Circassians in Israel

Most of the Circassians in Israel, counting a few thousands live in Kfar Kama and Reyhaniye. Like the Druze they enjoy a “status apart”. They as the Druze serve in the Israeli Army. Circassians in Israel are Sunni Muslims, and number about 4,000.

Maronites in Israel

The Maronite Christian Community in Israel made of several Thousands resides in the Galilee. They are former pro Israel Lebanese Militia that found refuge in Israel after the Israel Defense Forces withdrawal from Lebanon in the year 2000.

Samaritans in Israel

The Samaritans are a religious and ethnic group of the East. They claim to descend from Israelites with links to Samaria. They don’t reach the 1,000 inhabitants mainly divided in two groups living in Holon, Israel and Mount Grizim in Shomron (Samaria).

Different trends in Israeli Judaism

Different trends in Judaism in Israel Population

Religion in Israel

As per the latest census the Jews in Israel belong to the following currents of Judaism;

  • Ultra-Orthodox - 12% - These are the Haredim, concentrated in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, but living all over the country.
  • Religious - 10% - Known as Zionist Religious and “Kippot Srugot” due to the knitted skullcaps they wear. This group is considered to be the best of the population. They are very well regarded by all other sectors.
  • Traditional Jews 35% - This group respect tradition of Jewish Holidays and Jewish identity only partly respecting the Jewish Halacha.
  • Secular - 43% - This group of Israelis consider themselves Israeli Jews; they do not share the religious traditions. By the way when interviewed 53% of them say they believe in God.

Israel Population is as varied as it could be. Israel is the perfect example of a Melting Pot.

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