JERUSALEM (Jan. 2)
Israel’s population was 3,650,000 at the end of 1977, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. The Jewish population is 3,076,000 and the non-Jewish is 574,000. The rate of growth has decreased in both sectors. The statistics showed that the number of Jews increased by 56,000 in 1977, an increase of 1,8 percent compared to 2.1 percent in 1976. The non-Jewish population increased by 19,000, a 3.5 percent hike compared to 3.9 percent in 1976. Of the 56,000 Jews, 52,000 were born in Israel, the remainder were immigrants. Some 17,000 Israelis left the country permanently, according to the bureau.