Israeli Population More than 75 Percent Jewish

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JERUSALEM - Data released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Sunday, two days before the nation celebrates its 62nd Independence Day, revealed that Jews make up 75 percent of Israeli citizens.

When the modern State of Israel was established on May 14, 1948, Jews made up 35 percent of the population.

Of the nation's total population of 7,587,000, 75.7 percent (5,726,000) are Jewish, 20.4 percent (1,548,000) are Arab, and 4.1 percent (313,000) fall into a category referred to as "other," the majority of whom are immigrants not registered as Jewish by the Interior Ministry.

The population increased by 137,000 (1.8 percent) over the past year.

Sixteen thousand Diaspora Jews made aliyah (immigrated to Israel under the Law of Return), 10,000 Israelis left the country, 159,000 babies were born, 37,000 people died, and 9,000 were given citizenship.

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YNet news contributed to this report.

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