ISRAEL - Jewish Population on the Rise Worldwide

Arno Froese

Today, there are 9.1 million citizens of Israel, of which some 6.7 million (74%) are Jewish, the report shows. The country’s citizens also include 1.9 million Arabs (21%) and 0.4% of “others,” including Christians and those of other minority groups.

The number of Jews worldwide stands at 14.8 million, according to a separate report released on Thursday by the Jewish Agency. Of those, 5.7 million Jews live in the United States and 2.4 million in other countries in the Diaspora.

The second-largest Jewish community is in France with 450,000 Jews. There are also Jews living in Arab and Muslim states, including 15,000 in Turkey, around 8,000 in Iran, 2,000 in Morocco and another approximately 1,000 in Tunisia.

In Israel, the CBS reported, there are 2.59 million households with an average of 3.28 people living in them.

Furthermore, 196,000 babies were born this year, putting Israel’s current fertility rate at an average of 3.09 kids per woman. In most OECD countries, the total fertility rate is between 1.4 and 1.9 children per woman, according to the OECD website.

Israelis are happy, the CBS showed. Eighty-nine percent of Israelis are satisfied with their quality of life, and 88% of Israelis are satisfied with their jobs.

When it comes to religion, the majority of Israelis are non-observant—43% secular and 22% traditional. The rest of the population is divided between traditional-religious Jews (12.8%), religious (11.3%) and ultra-Orthodox (10%).

-www.jpost.com, 27 September 2019

Arno's commentary

Here we are reminded of 1 Kings 4:25: “And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.” That was under the blessing of Solomon and primarily because of his father, David, of whom Revelation 5:5 documents: “And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” However, presently, Israel has little interest in religion, with a smaller percentage of religious Jews who attempt to follow the law.

But that’s not the end, because the prophet Joel proclaims: “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength” (Joel 2:21-22).

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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