Israel Now Has 6 Million Jews
The number of Israeli Jews passed the emotional 6 million mark in November, and the total population will pass 8 million in February.
First Publish: 12/31/2012
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The number of Israeli Jews passed the emotional 6 million mark in November, and the total population will pass 8 million in February, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.
The other four percent of the Israeli population includes Christians, other faiths and 319,000 people who call themselves Jewish but are not recognized as such according to Jewish law. Almost all of them are from the former Soviet bloc.
As January 1 approached, the total population was 7,981,000, 1.8 per cent higher than the previous year.
The figures do not temporary residents and foreign workers.
New immigrants account for a smaller increase in the number of Jews, with only 16,500 having come on “aliyah” in 2012.