web analytics
April 25, 2015 / 6 Iyar, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Census Debunks Arab Demographic Threat

Everyone knows that even without Judea and Samaria, the Arab birth rate will make Jews a minority in the future in Israel. Everyone is wrong. But the Haredi population still is growing the fastest.
Young Ultra Orthodox kids sit in a classroom in a school in the neighborhood of Neve Yaakov in Jerusalem

Young Ultra Orthodox kids sit in a classroom in a school in the neighborhood of Neve Yaakov in Jerusalem
Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel / Flash 90.

Jewish and Arab birth rates indicate that the percentage of school children in the Israeli educational system who are Jewish will grow by 2019 while the percentage of Arabs will decline.

The Central Bureau of Statistics reported Tuesday that the Jewish percentage will rise by one percentage point, from 73 to 74 percent, and the Arab percentage will decline by a point, from 27 to 26 percent.

Previous warnings of a growing Arab population were based on birth rates that no longer are valid. The latest statistics show that there will be 12 percent more children in the Hebrew education system by 2019 but only 10 percent more in the Arab system.

One reason for the decrease in the Arab birth rate might be due to Arab families enjoying a higher quality of life and becoming part of the “middle class” that usually is accompanied by smaller families. The change also indicates that Arabs in Israel do not share the ideology of the Bedouin and fundamentalist Muslim communities that promote larger families as part of the “resistance” movement to eliminate a Jewish majority in Israel.

However, birth rates among Haredi and modern orthodox Jews remain high, one of the reasons that the supposed Arab demographic threat in Judea and Samaria also is exaggerated.

The estimated number of school children also indicates that the Haredi birth rate has declined but still is far higher than in other Jewish sectors in Israel. The annual growth rate in the Haredi primary educations schools is expected to drop from 4.7 percent, for the period from 2001 until 2012, to 3.6 percent by 2019. The rate in the secondary school system is forecast to drop by nearly 50 percent, from 4 percent to 2.3 percent.

The growth rate in state secular and religious schools will increase, but only to 1.43 percent in the primary school system, according to the Bureau of Statistics.

Children in Haredi schools will comprise 31 percent of the total primary school population by 2019, 50 percent more than the 21 percent recorded in the past 11-year period.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “Census Debunks Arab Demographic Threat”

  1. Ch Hoffman says:

    If the state will be reliant on the Charedim to offset the Arabs, who will contribute to the economy? and who will defend the country?

  2. Anonymous says:

    G-d said in the Torah clearly and many times that if you fulfill the commandments of the Torah(i.e) Be religious (Charedi) then I will defeat all your enemies. The history of the Jews has borne this out as evidenced from the Jewish Bible. Of course we will still have to bear arms, but our success will come from G-d. He will also bless our economy (its already happening). We need to encourage the Chareidi growth rate and motivate all to follow the commands. Its in our National security interests. G-d said so and He doesn't lie!

  3. The Haredi are now being drafted to defend the Nation of Israel, though I know some exceptions have been made. I gather Lapid is prepared to stop paying welfare to Haredi, they are expected to work for a living like every other productive individual. There must be enough Haredi Pensioners and under 18 years old boys to give the Torah required study.

  4. The Haredi are now being drafted to defend the Nation of Israel, though I know some exceptions have been made. I gather Lapid is prepared to stop paying welfare to Haredi, they are expected to work for a living like every other productive individual. There must be enough Haredi Pensioners and under 18 years old boys to give the Torah required study.

  5. Ch Hoffman says:

    don't operate heavy machinery until you've been seen by a medical professional

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
"Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah." That's his Jihad. What's yours? - An ad campaign sponsored by  the American Freedom Defense Initiative.
MTA Hopes to Change Rule, Ban ‘Killing Jews’ Anti-Jihad Ad
Latest News Stories
"Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah." That's his Jihad. What's yours? - An ad campaign sponsored by  the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

New York’s MTA plans to vote on a change to its rules it hopes would allow it to exclude the “Killing Jews” anti-jihad ad campaign.

Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden gleefully announced two of his three Catholic children married Jews – not thrilling his Jewish audience.

Armenian Archbishop Sevan (R) sits next to Greek Bishop Atallah, as they watch a live screening from Echmiadzin, Armenia, of the Church canonization of the genocide victims as saints, in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City.

In Jerusalem, the bells from 18 churches in the Old City of Jerusalem rang 100 times on Thursday evening, April 23, to remember the Armenian Genocide.

IDF soldiers - once upon a time.

The IDF has come up with an 81-second video showing 67 years of Israeli land, sea and ground soldiers in action.

Tennessee becomes the first state to formally condemn the BDS movement.

Snow fell in Tzfat (Safed) Friday morning, not enough to stick to the ground but enough to make residents wonder if they were dreaming or perhaps it is January. Several inches of snow fell on the Hermon as a rare mid-April storm faded away after blowing away Israelis’ Yom Ha’Atzmaut plans for cook-outs and hiking, […]

All polls show Clinton would win against any Republican, but has she peaked too soon?

Armenians marched with Armenian flags, signs, and torches from the Armenian Quarter of Old City as they mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, on April 23, 2015.

Iranian warships neared Yemen to support Houthi rebels despite the presence of US vessels in the area.

Poet Erez Biton, who was awarded the Israel Prize for Literature on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, used the occasion to warn against sponsors of the Boycott Israel movement. “Strident voices are being heard in the world including those who are challenging the very existence of the State of Israel,” he said. “There are even those among them […]

IDF tanks shelled a site in Gaza in response to the rocket(s) launched at Israel.

Cyber centers that guard unclassified networks reportedly detected the Pentagon security breach and kicked the hackers off “in a way that minimized their chances of returning.”

An American general says the US is facing a “national security” crisis over obesity among the nation’s youth.

10:22 PM Walla reports that according to an IDF source, 3 rockets were launched. At this point they do not think it was Hamas who launched them. 10:16 pm No specific terrorist group in Gaza has yet claimed responsibility for the rockets. 9:55 PM Reminder from the IDF: If you hear the Red Alert siren […]

The family of USAID development worker Dr. Warren Weinstein says they are “devastated” by the news he was killed in a CIA drone strike on Al Qaeda.

More Articles from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio.

All polls show Clinton would win against any Republican, but has she peaked too soon?

Poet Erez Biton, who was awarded the Israel Prize for Literature on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, used the occasion to warn against sponsors of the Boycott Israel movement. “Strident voices are being heard in the world including those who are challenging the very existence of the State of Israel,” he said. “There are even those among them […]

More than 140,000 Israelis scoffed at blustery weather and visited national parks.

Kremlin says the lifting of the ban on selling the anti-missile systems to Iran was only a “political and legal decision.”

The one reason to make Aliyah outweighs all the arguments not to move to Israel.

The name of the Jerusalem teenager burned to death by three Jews has been added to the Victims of Terror Memorial.

The good news he is not able to control daily operations. The bad news is that he is recovering.

He thanks Jews who stand up for Israel but didn’t even hint they should make Aliyah.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/census-debunks-arab-demographic-threat/2013/08/06/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: