ISRAEL - Jewish Population Decreasing

Arno Froese

The proportion of Jews in Israel's population fell below the threshold of 74% for the first time this year, data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published in honor of Israel’s 73rd Independence Day has revealed. 

The report shows that close to the establishment of the state in 1948, the Jewish percentage of the population stood at 82.1%, while today it stands at only 73.9%. On Israel’s 70th Independence Day, the rate of Jews was 74.5%, a decrease of more than half a percent in just three years.

Since the establishment of the state, about 3.3 million people have immigrated to Israel, with around 1.5 million of them arriving since 1990 with the beginning of the great wave of immigration from the former Soviet Union. During this period, about 129,000 citizens born abroad also immigrated to Israel.

“The CBS data emphasize the strategic importance of a responsible immigration policy that will safeguard Israel's interests as a Jewish and democratic state,” he said.

-www.jpost.com, 12 April 2021

Arno's Commentary

The goal is to remain “a Jewish and democratic state.” That apparently may cause some difficulties in the not-too-distant future. There is, of course, a solution; more than 6 million Jews are living in the Diaspora. Based on Ezekiel 36:10, Jews from all over the world will eventually return: “And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded.” 

The article also reveals that, since the last Independence Day, Israel has grown by 137,000 people, with 167,000 newborns, 16,300 immigrants, minus 50,000 deaths. 

Yet, a potential problem is quite visible; not only in Israel, but also in many of the progressive countries of the world. In several nations, the influx of foreigners has upset the political picture, such as in Germany. Leading the nations of the world in foreign-born population is Luxembourg at 47.3%; Australia 29.9%; Switzerland 29.7%; Germany 16.1%; United States 13.6%. From this perspective, Israel is not unusual but follows the pattern of the global world. 

Nevertheless, Israel is special; they are different. The prophet Amos proclaims: “You [Israel] only have I known of all the families of the earth” (Amos 3:2a). And the prophet Ezekiel declares: “I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there” (Ezekiel 39:28b). That is Israel’s future.

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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