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Thousands of Ethiopian Jews take part in a prayer of the Sigd holiday on the Armon Hanatziv Promenade overlooking Jerusalem.

The Central Bureau of Statistics reports the population of Israel grew by two percent in 2016, a total of 167,000 people. The population of the Jewish State now stands at 8.63 million.

A demographic breakdown reveals the state is still Jewish due to its majority Jewish population of 6.45 million (74.8 percent).

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The next highest population in the country is Arab, at 1.796 million ( 20.8 percent), and the remaining 384,000 people are “others.”

The numbers include 36,000 new immigrants to the country, of whom 24,000 are Jews, and 181,000 babies who were born over the course of the year.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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