The region grew by 12,964 people in 2018 to 448,672—a 3 percent increase, down from a 3.4 percent increase in 2017, a 3.9 percent growth in 2016, a 4 percent growth in 2015 and a 4.2 percent increase in 2014.
Judea and Samaria
Zvi Koenigsberg does not come from the world of academia but he witnessed one of the most remarkable stories in archaeology: the discovery of the first altar that was built by the Hebrews in the land of Israel. This discovery has gone largely unheralded and some archaeologists have even gone to great lengths to deny the obvious.
Archaeologists claim that they have resolved a more than 50-year mystery after a ring found in the 1960’s finally had its insignia deciphered. It was assumed to belong to Pontius Pilate – Jerusalem’s infamous governor during the time of Jesus – and it was only recently that the ring’s provenance has been confirmed.