Israel Population
Israel is the Perfect example of a Melting Pot


At the end of 2012 Israel population was approximately 8,018,000 inhabitants.

  • 76 % Jewish, about 6,042,000 individuals
  • 21 % Arabs, about 1,658,000 individuals
  • The remaining 3 % about 318,000 people are defined as “others”.
  • These numbers are rounded and not exact.

The Jews in Israel and abroad consider the Kotel the
Holiest Site in Judaism


Israel Jews

The Jews in Israel come from different origins like Europe and the Americas and other groups from Asia and Africa. A great percentage of the Jewish population of 2011 is made of Sabras.

This is the term used to call the Israeli born citizens; some are Sabras for various generations. The origin is as varied as the Jewish people, Ashkenazi Jews as re those that they or the ancestors came from Central Europe and mainly spoke Yiddish.

The Sephardim are those Jews from Turkey and the Balkans. Their ancestors settled in that area more than 500 years ago after the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain (Sepharad is Spain in Hebrew).

The Mizrahi or Oriental Jews that came from North Africa like Morocco, Libya, Algiers and the Arab countries of Asia like Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon among others.

There are other sects of the Jewish people like Beta Israel, Jews from India and Jews from Ethiopia.

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Israeli Arabs

Arab Citizens of Israel are those and the descendants of those who stayed within Israel borders during the War of Independence when all Arab neighbors encourage them to leave in order to make it easier for them to destroy the recently born State of Israel.

These Arabs that are Israeli Citizens enjoy all the freedoms of the country and are represented in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament). In comparison their brethren that left in 1948 to countries like Lebanon or Jordan are still kept as refugees until lately when a few changes have been made on their behalf.

Most Arabs in Israel are Sunni Muslim. Only a small minority are Shiah Muslim. There are also some varieties of Christians among the Arabs as well as Arab Druze.

Another sector of the Israeli Arabs are the Bedouins living in the north mostly in villages and the Bedouins of the south some of them nomadic and some living in towns and villages with little planning and permits.

The record largest Houmus in Abu Ghosh the friendliest of Arab Villages


Other minorities of Israel Population

  • Armenians
    More than 5,000 Armenians reside in Israel mostly in Jerusalem in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City, but also in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Yafo. Their Patriarchate is in Jerusalem.

  • Assyrians in Israel
    There around 1,000 Assyrians living in Israel mostly in Jerusalem and Nazareth.

  • Circassians
    Most of the Circassians in Israel, counting a few thousands live in Kfar Kama and Reyhaniye. Like the Druze they enjoy a “status apart”. They as the Druze serve in the Israeli Army.

  • Maronites
    The Maronite Christian Community in Israel made of several Thousands resides in the Galilee. They are former pro Israel Lebanese Militia that found refuge in Israel after the Israel Defense Forces withdrawal from Lebanon in the year 2000.

  • Samaritans
    The Samaritans are a religious and ethnic group of the East. They claim to descend from Israelites with links to Samaria. They don’t reach the 1,000 inhabitants mainly divided in two groups living in Holon, Israel and Mount Grizim in Shomron (Samaria).

The Circassians of the Galilee one of many minorities in Israel


Religion in Israel

As per the latest census the Jews in Israel Population belong to the following currents of Judaism:

  • Ultra-Orthodox - 12% - These are the Haredim, concentrated in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, but living all over the country.
  • Religious - 10% - Known as Zionist Religious and “Kippot Srugot” due to the knitted skullcaps they wear. This group is considered to be the best of the population. They are very well regarded by all other sectors.
  • Traditional Jews 35% - This group respect traditions of Jewish Holidays and Jewish identity only partly respecting the Jewish Halacha.
  • Secular - 43% - This group of Israelis consider themselves Israeli Jews; they do not share the religious traditions. By the way when interviewed 53% of them say they believe in God.

Israel Population is as varied as it could be. Israel is the perfect example of a Melting Pot.

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