Israel population tops 8 million on 65th anniversary

( Israel’s population has topped the 8 million mark on the eve of its 65th anniversary, according to data released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the Jerusalem Post reported.

According to the data, 6 million or 75.3 percent are Jewish residents, while Arab residents comprise around 1.6 million or 20.7 percent of the population. The total population increase in Israel was 137,000, or 1.8 percent from last year.

The remaining 4 percent or roughly 318,000 include non-Arab Christians, members of other religious sects or unaffiliated.

Over the past year, 163,000 babies were born and 41,000 people passed away. There were also 19,500 immigrants to Israel.

Posted on April 14, 2013 .