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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Israel's Jewish population decreased between 2000-2005

YNet is reporting that according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel's Jewish population decreased between 2000 and 2005.
According to Central Bureau of Statistics data published on Tuesday, the population of the State of Israel at the end of 2005 was comprised of 6,990,700 people, of which 5,313,800 were Jewish (76 percent of the entire population), and 1,377,100 were Arab (19.7 percent) according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The data also showed that since 2000, the Jewish population has decreased by 1.8 percent, while the Muslim population has increased during the past five years by 1.1 to 1,140,600.


The Israeli population is considered relatively young. Children aged 0-14 make up 28 percent of the population, compared to 17 percent in other western countries. On the other hand, Israel’s older population bridges the gap, with adults aged 65 and above comprising 10 percent of the population, compared to 15 percent in other western countries.

In comparing between religions, the Jewish population in Israel is the ‘oldest’, and the Muslim population is the ‘youngest’. Adults aged 65 and over make up 11.8 percent of the Jewish population, compared to 2.8 percent of the Muslim population.

Conversely, children aged 0-14 comprise 42.6 percent of the Muslim population in Israel, compared to 25.6 percent of the Jewish population. The average age in the Jewish population in Israel stands at 30.6, while it stands at a much lower number of 18.6 for Muslims.

The birth rate in Israel has decreased over the past two years by about 4 percent, from 2.95 in 2003, to 2.84 in 2005.
For those of you who care about a Jewish majority, it's time to make aliya. The good news is that the rate of Arab population growth has actually slowed, according to an interview with Yoram Ettinger that I heard on the radio today.


At 5:32 AM, Blogger ShumBaayaMyLord said...

Carl, I care about a Jewish majority--indeed, I think it's well past time to put Raed Salah and his ilk aboard a very large oceanliner and give it a shove into Lebanese waters.

But articles like the ones just preceding--on Comrade Peretz's demolition orders and on the similarly heartless rapaciousness of the tax authorities and courts in the Eva & Ernst Weiss HY"D case--don't embellish any sort of appealing picture.

Don't misread me: I esteem what you do here and profoundly value the exposure you give to the delusions, mendacity, venality, spinelessness, heartlessness, and (per Caroline Glick) "strategic rot" that places life and liberty at seemingly constant risk in Our Homeland. Evildoers within and without need to be stopped, and the first step in doing so is through the awareness-raising that you so admirably contribute.

But apart from the mitzvot t'luyot ba'Aretz aspect and the demographics aspect that you point out, it gets hard to get excited about aliya more often than not. And I'm one who actually, at base, wants to make aliya!

We're our own worst enemies in Israel, it seems. Why isn't there anything like a mass movement to clean things up? Is the dati-chiloni split (multi-part fracture, more like) so thoroughly paralyzing in its impact on the likelihood of achieving broad national reform? (Not Reform ch"v, but reform--oops, I guess I'm being divisive...)

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


Your comments are well-taken (and unfortunately all too familiar). To answer your question, yes, one of the main reasons there is no electoral reform (or constitution) is the Dati-Chiloni split.


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