“And I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these lands; and by thy seed shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves.” Genesis 26:4 (The Israel Bible™)
On the eve of the Jewish new year 5777, Israel’s population is estimated at 8.585 million, not including about 183 thousand foreign residents, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics.
The Jewish population of Israel has reached about 6.419 million, constituting 74.8 percent of the overall population.
The Arab population is 1.786 million, or 20.8 percent of the overall population.
Non-Arab Christians, as well as members of other religions and individuals without religious affiliation are estimated at 380 thousand, about 4.4 percent of the overall population.
Since last Rosh Hashanah, Israel’s population has grown by about 172,000. The rate of growth remained at 2 percent, similar to previous years.
About 189,000 babies were born in Israel in 5776, and an estimated 46,000 people passed away.
Some 30,000 were added to the immigration balance, 25,000 of them new olim.
It should be noted that 5776 was a leap year, with 13 lunar months, or 385 days.