Nearly one-third of Israelis will be non-Jewish by 2030, |
Nearly one-third of Israelis will be non-Jewish by 2030, according to
Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics released data Tuesday suggesting
that by 2030, 24 percent of the population will be Arab Muslims or Arab
Christians and another 4.2 percent will be non-Arab gentiles. The
remaining 71.8 percent will be Jews.
Jews now comprise nearly 80 percent of Israel's population, and Arabs
and other non-Jews the rest.
Many demographers have warned that Israel's Jewish majority is at risk
given the relatively higher birthrates of the Arab minority, which could
be boosted by Palestinian numbers if Israel does not succeed in
disengaging from the West Bank as it did from the Gaza Strip.
At least one Israeli politician, Avigdor Lieberman of the Yisrael
Beiteinu party, has proposed ceding jurisdiction over large Israeli-Arab
population centers to any future Palestinian state, but this has been
rejected by the Olmert government.
Israel's overall population in 2030 will be approximately 10.1 million,
up from the current 7 million.
Original article: JTA
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