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Growth Rate in Yesha Continues to Outstrip Rest of Israel

Since 2005, the annual growth rate in Judea and Samaria has been 5 percent.
Children playing in the settlement of Bat Ayin.

Children playing in the settlement of Bat Ayin.
Photo Credit: Gershon Elinson/Flash90

The growth rate of Jews in Judea and Samaria inched up to 4.7% last year, far higher than the increase in the rest of the country. Approximately 360,000 Israelis now live in Judea and Samaria, and an estimated 250,000, if not more, reside in Jerusalem neighborhoods that still are considered “settlements” by the Obama administration and the European Union.

The communities of Maskiot, located in the Jordan Valley, and Har Gilo, a small area southeast of Jerusalem and not to be confused with the neighborhood of Gilo, enjoyed the largest influx.

Since 2005, the annual growth rate in Judea and Samaria has been 5 percent, almost three times as much as the nationwide growth of 1.9 percent.

Statistics from election officials show that 51% of the population in Judea and Samaria are eligible voters, as opposed to 72% in the general Israeli population, indicating that 49% of the population in Judea and Samaria is under the age of 18, as opposed to only 28% of the population the rest of the country.

Avi Roeh, incoming chairman of the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council, stated, “Thank God, we are witness to an increase in number of students in the educational institutions, and especially in the grade schools. Our region is very attractive to young families and there is much demand for residents here. We expect the government to acknowledge this necessity and develop all the communities and enlarge the schools in all of Judea and Samaria.“

Miri Maoz-Ovadia, spokesperson for the Binyamin Council, the largest council in Judea and Samaria, told Tazpit News Agency that the increase in the population growth rate is evidence of the prosperity of the region. “This prosperity has been supported by a development of joint industrial areas, shopping centers open to all populations and an increase of tourism throughout the region.”

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.


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5 Responses to “Growth Rate in Yesha Continues to Outstrip Rest of Israel”

  1. Randy Miller says:

    ALL OF THE HOLY LAND OF YISRAEL WHICH INCLUDES ALL OF JUDEA AND SAMARIA DOWN TO THE PEBBLE BY ANCIENT HOLY COVENANTS BY HASHEM TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB/ISRAEL TO BELOVED ANCIENT AND REBORN LAND, PEOPLE AND STATE OF YISRAEL.AM YISRAEL CHAI!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good news but I'll temper my happiness with a few questions. What's the Arab growth rate in Judea and Samaria? What's the Arab population? I see wildly varying numbers (1.5-2.5 million is a big variation) although I understand accurate census data is difficult for the area. Why has Aliyah crashed in 2012 to 16,000? Surely the nation would be stronger if they could get those numbers up.

  3. Randy Miller says:

    DID THE CARVING UP OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA BY BRITAIN AND FRANCE IN 1938 TO APPEASE ADOLF HITLER BRING PEACE IN 1939,1940 OR 1941? WILL? THE CARVING UP OF THE REBORN, REESTABLISHED AND REGATHERING SOVEREIGN HOLY LAND, PEOPLE AND STATE OF YISRAEL BY THE U.S.A., E..U., RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND THE U.N. TO APPEASE ARAB/MUSLIM/ISLAMIC HOMICIDAL TREACHERY AND BLACKMAIL EVER BRING ANY REAL PEACE? HISTORY SAYS "NO"!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I don't think any country has the right to carve up Israel, G-d made a covenant with Abraham, "Firm stands His Word to abraham spoken, His oath with Isaac never broken.
    His evrlasting covenant, With Israel, G-d will not recant.
    He said "To you this land I give, that as my heirs you there may live." Psalm 105 verse 4.

  5. Deirdreanne Pierre says:

    I totally agree that Israel belongs to the Israeli people as God has given it to them and there should be no carving up of the land for any one. God bless Israel.

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