On the eve of the Jewish New Year 5766, the State of Israel's population stands at 6.955 million.
Israel's Jewish population is 5.3 million; the Arab population is 1.4 million, and there are 299,000 persons classified as "other". These are, for the most part, new immigrants and their families who came to Israeli as part of the recent wave of immigration, but who are not registered as Jewish.
Israel's Arab population comprises 20% of the total population; Jews and others comprise 80%.
During the year 5765, Israel's population increased by 124,000, or 1.7%. There were 19,000 new immigrants in 5765, of which 46% were from the former Soviet Union, 18% from Ethiopia, and 11% (about 2,000) from France, Argentina, the US and other countries.
120,000 babies were born in Israel in 5765, or 7,000 more than the year before.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes.co.il - on Sunday, October 02, 2005