Data: Palestinians and Israeli Jews to Reach Equal Number By 2016


yerushalayimThe Jewish and Arab populations in Israel and the Palestinian territories will reach an equal number by 2016, according to figures released today by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. The data, which was published as part of a special study to mark 61 years since Israel’s independence cites a growth of more than nine million self-identified Palestinians since 1948. There were 1.4 million Palestinians recorded in the area in 1948, whereas by 2008 the number of self-identified Palestinians worldwide hit a census of 10.6 million.

According to the Bureau, 5.1 million of those who call themselves Palestinians reside in Israel or the Palestinian territories. Currently, there are 5.6 million Jews living in Israel.Palestinian refugees worldwide comprise 44.3 percent of the self-identified population. Some 16.3 percent living in the West Bank, 23 percent in the Gaza Strip, 41.8 percent in Jordan, 9.9 percent in Syria and 9 percent in Lebanon. According to the data, one-third of Palestinian refugees live in camp enclaves.

The bureau’s data relies on the fact that many Israeli Arabs also identify themselves as Palestinians.

{Yair Israel/Haaretz}


  1. Simple solution – get out of the territories. Then the Jewish State will have a comfortable Jewish majority again.

    “Greater Israel” is a pipe dream that the secular right thought up to fill the vacuum left by their abandonment of Yiddishkeit. (No, Menachem Begin was not dati. Neither was Mr. Shamir.) Before the ’70s the territories were thought of as a bargaining chip for peace, not prime real estate. It only works for you if you’re one of those interesting types who believe the Messiah has already come and the Geulah is already here.

    For the rest of us old-fashioned types, we’re willing to wait until Mashiach ben David comes and we get it back from Hashem’s hand, not the hand of some politician.

  2. Agreed with the first poster.

    There is no such thing as a Palestinian- they’re just stam Arab erev rav that were abandoned by the Turks like the dogs and other behaimos they left.

    Israel’s independence? From what or whom are they independed? If it weren’t such a horrible matzav it would be laughable. No soverignty, just apoligism.