On the eve of Israel's 65th Independence Day: [*]
- The population of Israel numbers approximately 8.018 million people on the eve of Israel's 65th Independence Day. At the time of the establishment of the State, it numbered 806,000 residents.
The Jewish population numbers approximately 6.042 million residents (75.3% of the total population); the Arab population numbers approximately 1.658 million residents (20.7%); and the population of "others," referring to non-Arab Christians, members of other religions, and persons not classified by religion in the Ministry of the Interior, numbers 318,000 (4.0%).
[*] The Press Release in based on preliminary data. The population estimate does not include the foreign population, who numbered about 203,000 persons at the end of 2011.