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Nearly 4.5 Million People in Israel

Jews constituted 81.8 percent of Israel’s population at the end of 1988 and non-Jews made up 18.2 percent, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The population increased by 67,000 or 1.5 percent last year, compared with a 1.7 percent increase in 1987.

There were 4,472,000 people in Israel at the end of the year, 3,656,000 of them Jews.

Moslems numbered about 633,000, or 14.2 percent; Christians about 105,000, or 2.3 percent; and Druse and others about 78,000, or 1.7 percent.

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