Israel Grew 2.4 Percent in 5753

Israel’s population grew by 124,000 people, or 2.4 percent, between Rosh Hashanah last year and this New Year’s holiday, according to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

The bureau estimated on the eve of Rosh Hashanah that there are now a total of 5.28 million people residing in Israel.

The religious breakdown of the population within Israel’s pre-1967 borders was 81.5 percent Jewish, 14.1 percent Muslim, 2.7 percent Christian and 1.7 percent Druse.

The number of immigrants arriving here from various parts of the world fell 17 percent, from 92,000 last year to 76,000 this year.

The Jewish population grew by 92,000, with new births accounting for nearly half the growth.

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