Israeli Arabs are reproducing well above the rate of their Jewish compatriots.
Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, issuing annual census data ahead of Rosh Hashanah, said Monday that the national population stands at 7.2 million. Jews comprise 75.8 percent of the population and Arabs nearly 20 percent. The rest are naturalized foreign workers or other religious minorities.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel’s Jewish population is growing at 1.8 percent annually. By contrast, the growth rate for Israeli Arabs is 2.6 percent. The rate is highest among Arab Muslims, who comprise the vast majority of Israeli Arabs – 2.9 percent.