Israel dominated by its youth – One-third under 20
It is not just the State of Israel that is young. The same is true of its population.
More than a third of Israelis are under the age of 20, almost a fifth of the population are children under the age of 9, and more than 16% are between the ages of 10 and 16. ynet reported.
Data released by the National Bureau of Statistics shows that the population of Israel is estimated at 9,506,000, including 7,021,000 Jews, which is 73.9% of the population.
Muslim and Christian Arabs make up 2,007,000 of the population, while 478,000 are defined as followers of other religions or with no religious affiliation, according to ynet.
The latter mainly refers to immigrants who arrived in Israel under the law of return or through family reunification.
In January, an advisory committee recommended Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics change its definition of “Jew” when it refers to Israelis who are classified neither as “Jews” nor as “Arabs.”
Nearly half a million Israelis fall into the population category of “others” who qualify for citizenship under Israel’s Law of Return but are not defined as “Jews” by the religious law.
Consequently, Israel’s Bureau of Statistics was presented with a proposal to create the new category “extended Jewish population” to include all Israelis eligible for citizenship, whether or not they are “religious Jews”.
Israel’s population is expected to reach 10 million within three years, according to new data.