JERUSALEM (Jan. 24)
Arabs will comprise 20.6 percent of Israel’s population by 1995, according to a demographic projection prepared by the Hebrew University. The survey covered Israel within its 1967 borders but included East Jerusalem. According to the 1975 census, Arabs comprised 15,3 percent of the Israeli population.
The rapid growth of the Arab population was explained by their high rate of natural increase–3.5 percent a year. Almost half of Israel’s 600,000 Arabs are under the age of 15. According to the Hebrew University study, Israel’s population in 15 years will total 5,268,000, assuming on average annual rate of immigration of 10,000.