ISRAEL - 15.2 Million Population at 100th Anniversary

Arno Froese

Israel’s population is expected to soar to 15.2 million by the time the state celebrates its centenary in 2048, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

 A mere 806,000 citizens resided in the State of Israel when David Ben-Gurion declared independence on May 14, 1948.

Today, 9.021 million people call Israel home, an increase of 177,000 or 2% since last year’s Independence Day celebrations.

Some 6.697 million (74.2%) of Israel’s population are Jewish, and a further 1.89 million (20.9%) are Arabs. Approximately 45% of the world’s Jewish population currently lives in Israel.

Since the establishment of the state, 3.2 million immigrants have received Israeli citizenship. About 43% of those immigrants arrived after 1990, boosted by the influx of immigration from the former Soviet Union.

Average life expectancy for Israeli men stands at 80.7 years and for women at 84.6 years. Some 48,000 Israeli citizens are 90 years old or older. An impressive 88.9% of Israelis are said to be satisfied with their lives.

During the past year, a record 4.4 million tourists and businesspeople entered, and 8.5 million Israelis went abroad., 7 May 2019

Arno's commentary

What is Israel’s secret? The last sentence is very revealing: “…8.5 million Israelis went abroad.” Nations whose citizens travel, learn and compare, are the ones to quickly implement new ideas in their own country. In Israel’s case, almost the entire nation travels abroad once a year. 

In view of Israel’s population growth, there seems to be less and less chance to relinquish the Golan Heights to Syria or much of Judea and Samaria to Arab Palestinians, who insist on building their own nation, but never did.

What does the Bible say? “And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country” (Ezekiel 34:13). Chapter 36, verse 11 documents: “And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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