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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.


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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

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