JERUSALEM (Dec. 18)
The Arab birth rate in Israel and the administered territories exceeds that of Jews, according to the latest figures released yesterday by the Central Bureau of Statistics. Last year there were 78,600 births among the Arab population compared to 74,500 Jewish births.
About 24,000 of the Arabs were born in Israel proper and 30,400 in the West Bank. The balance of Arab births was in the Gaza Strip. Demographic experts expect this trend to continue in the coming years. Last year 3,472,000 Jews lived in Israel and the territories compared to two million Arabs under Israeli jurisdiction.