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Israel’s Population Nears 10 Million Mark Ahead of 76th Independence Day

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Israel’s population is on the verge of hitting a significant milestone as it approaches its 76th Independence Day. 

 

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According to the latest data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the country’s population has surged to approximately 9.9 million people, with expectations high that it will surpass the 10 million mark by the time Israel celebrates its 77th birthday next year.

 

A detailed annual estimate unveiled by CBS ahead of the upcoming Independence Day celebrations revealed that Israel’s population experienced a notable increase of about 189,000 individuals over the past year. 

 

This growth is attributed to the addition of 196,000 newborns and 37,000 immigrants, offset by 60,000 deaths since the previous Independence Day.

 

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While these figures seem straightforward, the bureau acknowledged complexities in its calculations. Notably, adjustments were made to account for individuals added to the population roll due to family unification, as well as those removed for prolonged periods abroad. 

 

Despite efforts to clarify these adjustments, the bureau remained unreachable for further explanation.

 

The 1.9% population increase observed over the past year marks a slight decline from the growth rate of 2.3% reported in the previous year. This deceleration is particularly notable in the realm of immigration, which saw a significant drop by about half from the 79,000 new arrivals recorded the year before.

 

Delving deeper into the demographic composition of Israel, the CBS data provides insights into the country’s diverse population makeup. Currently, there are 7,247,000 Jewish Israelis residing in the country, constituting 73.2% of the population. 

 

This figure reflects a marginal decrease of 0.03% from the previous year’s statistics. Concurrently, the Arab population in Israel has seen a slight increase, with 2,089,000 Arab citizens now comprising 21.1% of the total populace, up by 0.01% from last year. 

 

Additionally, other minority groups, including non-Arab Christians and individuals with no registered religion, make up 5.7% of the population, totaling 564,000 individuals—an increase of 0.02% from the previous year.

 

This demographic mosaic underscores Israel’s vibrant societal tapestry, characterized by a rich diversity of cultures, religions, and traditions. 

 

As the country prepares to commemorate its 76th Independence Day, these demographic trends serve as a reminder of Israel’s dynamic evolution since its founding.

 

While Israel’s population continues to grow steadily, challenges such as housing, infrastructure, and resource allocation remain pertinent. 

 

Addressing these issues effectively will be crucial in ensuring the sustainable development and prosperity of the nation as it embarks on its journey towards its 77th year of independence.

 

As the countdown to Independence Day begins, all eyes are on Israel as it approaches this historic milestone, poised to enter a new chapter in its illustrious history. 

 

With its population on the brink of crossing the 10 million threshold, Israel stands ready to embrace the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, reaffirming its position as a beacon of democracy and innovation in the Middle East and beyond.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our staff editorial members

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