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Israel On Fire: By the Numbers

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Since the current wave of fires began last week:

More than 75,000 people have been evacuated from their homes

Approximately 600 people have not been allowed to return home

Approximately 41,000 dunams (10,131 acres) have been burned

More than 1,800 homes have been damaged, in 14 regional councils

More than 1,600 Israeli firefighters have taken part in battling the fires

More than 100 foreign firefighters have taken part in fighting the fires, including 69 from Cyprus, 30 from the United States and 24 from the Palestinian Authority

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Vital Statistics: Israel Has Grown from 806,000 to 8,522,000 Citizens in 68 Years

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

On Israel’s 68th birthday, its population has reached some 8.522 million, as compared with 806 thousand when the Jewish State was established, according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

Jews account for 74.8% of the overall population, with about 6.377 million. Arabs constitute 20.8% with some 1.771 million. Non-Arab Christians, members of other faiths and unaffiliated non-Jews are 4.4% with some 374 thousand citizens.

Israel has increased by 182 thousand citizens since last year, a growth of 2.2%. In this period some 195 thousand babies were born and about 47 thousand people died. In addition, about 36 thousand olim arrived in the Jewish State.

Some 75% of Israeli Jews are “Sabra,” native-born, and at least half of them are second generation natives. Back in 1948 only 35% of Israeli Jews were native-born.

In 1948 there was only one city in Israel — Tel Aviv — with more than 100,000 residents. Today there are 14 such populous cities, out of which 8 hold more than 200,000: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa, Rishon L’Tzion, Petah Tikvah, Ashdod, Netanya, and Be’Er Sheva.

According to the CBS prediction, in 2035 Israel will reach 11.3 million citizens.

Here are a few Then and Now stats, courtesy of the CBS:

In 1948 there were 11.5 Jews in the world, out of whom 6% lived in Israel — today there are 14.3 million, out of whom 43% live in Israel.

In 1948 there were 806,000 Jews in Israel — today there are 8.522 million.

In 1948 Israel’s annual GDP (in 2015 rates) was $6.66 billion. Today we are happy to report things have become much better, with the GDP reaching $294 billion.

Back in 1948 Israel’s annual per capita GDP (in 2015 rates) was a measly $5.25 thousand — today, folks, it’s $35.10 thousand.

Unemployment in 1948 reached 7.2% of the available workforce, today it has gone down to 5.3% (of course, a lot of stuff has happened in between).

In 1948 Israelis spent 42% of their income on food — today only about 16.2%.

Household appliances: in 1948 only 12% of Israelis owned washing machines, it’s up to 96%; in 1957 57% owned an icebox, 37% owned a refrigerator — today 99.9% own refrigerators, some of which give Internet, but the ice cube maker is broken; in 1963 13% of Israelis had a telephone at home — today 73% have a landline phone (those numbers are in steep decline) and 96% own at least one cellphone.

Cars: in 1951 there were 34,103 cars on Israel’s roads — in 2014 the CBS counted 2,966,727 cars, or 87 times the 1951 figure. Thankfully, Israel’s road testers have been on strike for almost three months and so the number of new Israeli drivers has been checked for a while.

Trains: in 1950 1,557,000 rode Israel’s train, in 2014 48,541,000 rode it, 31 times the 1950 figure.

Higher education: in 1949/50 there were 1,600 students in Israeli universities and fewer than 200 diplomas were awarded. In 2014/15 there were 310,000 students out of whom 72.5 thousand received academic titles.

But there’s one sad component in these CBS stats: on election day January 21, 1949, a whopping 86.9% of eligible voters participated in the first Knesset elections; on March 17, 2015 only 72.3% did. Israel still beats the US by double digits, but we’d like to see the voting increase in both countries.

See you next year with even happier stats!


Thousands of Trucks Enter Gaza Weekly From Israel – No Excuse for Turkish Freeze

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories reported last week 3,750 trucks with 127,623 tons of goods entered Gaza through Israel via the Kerem Shalom crossing.

“There were 35 crossings of ambulances between Gaza and Israel last week,” according to a tweet by the COGAT.

Last Thursday alone, 24,629 tons of goods in 744 trucks were delivered to Gaza through Israel via the overland crossings. In addition, 2.2 million liters of fuel were delivered as well.

Delivery statistics at Kerem Shalom Crossing Dec. 20-24 2015

Delivery statistics at Kerem Shalom Crossing Dec. 20-24 2015

Can Turkey Justify Its Continued Diplomatic Freeze?

Turkey has used the so-called Israeli “blockade” of Gaza as its excuse for refusing to normalize its diplomatic ties with Israel. But the truth is, the crossings between Israel and Gaza are open every day and for a long time now, active commerce has been taking place.

What is not being allowed to enter the region are materials that can be used to manufacture weapons with which to attack the Jewish State – and which have been used for that purpose in the past.

In this regard Turkey is no different in its own methods of self-defense and controlling terror within its borders. In fact the Ankara government is more aggressive: Turkey has no problem attacking PKK terrorists when it perceives a threat.

For Ankara to suggest it has a right to dictate a domestic security policy to another sovereign nation is pretentious, if not outright chutzpah.

Since Israel has already opened the crossings on a daily basis – which by the way, even Egypt does not do with the lone Rafah crossing on its border – Turkey has no reason to complain. But Israel does: Hamas still operates its terrorist organization freely and maintains an active international office within Turkey’s borders, despite a request from Israel to close its doors.

Perhaps Turkey is simply searching for excuses not to formally renew its ties with the Jewish State? There would certainly be many reasons it might be reluctant to do so, beginning and ending with its oily handshake in Tehran. At least the Arab nations in the region are far more honest in their anti-Semitism…

Hana Levi Julian

Survey: Most Israeli Jews Believe Media Are Left-Biased

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

(JNi.media) New Wave Research, an Israeli member of Nielsen International, a worldwide leader in market research, information, and data analysis, was hired by Israeli financial magazine Globes to determine what Israeli information consumers think about their communications media.

The question posed to the 500 adult Israeli Jews was: In your opinion, is the manner in which Israeli media reports on different security events in the last few weeks right-biased, left biased, or unbiased? The answers were:

Very right-biased………………2%


Very left-biased……………….18%


Not biased at all……………..33%

Globes’ Li-or Averbach tweeted the results, and one of the insights he received was that while the results may or may not represent the reality of media reports in Israel, they do represent with eerie accuracy the political division between right and left in Israel. About 50% of adult Jews have voted for right-wing parties, and they also typically believe the media are left-biased. About 33% of the Jewish vote went to center parties — whose voters are not as irked by the notion of media biases. And, finally, about 17% of Israeli Jews are dyed in the wool leftists — feeling that they’re surrounded by right-leaning media.


Israeli Ministers Told to Prepare for ‘Large-Scale Immigration’

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Israeli government ministers are being warned to prepare for “large-scale immigration” as anti-Semitism rises abroad.

“We are taking action and must continue to do so that those Jews will come here and not go to other countries. The manifestations of anti-Semitism in various European countries will not be forgotten and will even increase due – inter alia – to the rise of the forces of extremist Islam and additional changes that are taking place there.

“It must be assumed that the situation will worsen and that pressure on the communities will increase,” Netanyahu continued. “We are facing a major wave of immigration for which we must be prepared.”

Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky, Aliyah and Immigration Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, and ministry officials also briefed ministers on the actions being taken to strengthen and assist Jewish communities around the world, according to a communique sent to media.

Possibly as a follow up to the necessity of conserving resources in order to prepare for mass immigration, the cabinet also discussed and approved draft legislation on reducing the use of cash in the economy.

Also discussed and approved was draft legislation on electronic check clearing, a move that will streamline financial processing in the country.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel’s Universities Rank High, Gender Equality Lower

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Israel’s universities are ranking among the best in the world, but its record on gender equality is not nearly that good, according to statistics gathered in recent reports.

Five of Israel’s leading higher education institutions were ranked among the top 500 inaugural 2015 Best Global Universities published by US News and World Report on Tuesday.

Factors used to rank the universities included global research reputation, publications, international collaboration, total citations, number of highly cited papers and number of PhDs awarded.

The highest Israeli ranking was won by the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, at #102. Tel Aviv University followed with a ranking of 148, then Hebrew University of Jerusalem at 152 and Technion Israel Institute of Technology at 236. Ben Gurion University of the Negev rounded out the list with a ranking of 431.

The gap between the genders in Israel, however, has increased according to the World Economic Forum 2014 Gender Gap Report, released Tuesday October 28.

Israel is still the top-ranking nation in the Middle East, at 113.

But it dropped by 12 slots since last year, and now has an overall rating of 65.

Scored at 0.700 on a scale where 0 reflects inequality and 1 is complete equality, Israel is barely above the two-thirds mark – hardly an accomplishment for a modern-day Western industrialized nation.

Global and regional comparisons between nations are ranked in four categories: economic participation and opportunity for the two genders, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment.

For Israel to rank at 65 in the Middle East, among nations where women are still required to remain completely covered in public and forbidden to leave home without a male escort age 9 and above, let alone drive a car, means the “Start Up Nation” still has to get the key in the ignition before the nation’s leaders feel confident they have made it on to the road.

Hana Levi Julian

Rocket Stats for Operation Protective Edge

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

During the 50 days of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas and other Gazan terrorists fired 4,594 rockets and mortars at Israel.

Of those, 3,641 landed in Israel, and 188 landed in Gaza.

735 rockets were intercepted by Iron Dome.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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