State of Israel Celebrates 73rd Anniversary

The State of Israel celebrates its 73rd anniversary today on Yom Ha`atzmaut, the Day of Independence, because it works to the Hebrew, lunar calendar rather than the global, solar calendar which places the anniversary on 14th May.

On the eve of this celebration its population is reported to have reached 9,327,000 people (according to the Central Bureau of Statistics).

Approximately 6.9 million Jews make up 73.9 percent of that population, living alongside 1.96 million Arabs who make up 21 percent of the population – an important fact, often overlooked by those who accuse Israel of being an apartheid state.

Other people groups number about 467,000 people and account for the remaining 5.1 percent of the population.

Back in 1948, the year of its founding, Israel had just 806,000 citizens. Since then, 3.3 million people have immigrated, almost half of that number arriving since 1990.

Around 78 percent of Israeli Jews are now “sabras” – Jews born in the land rather than immigrating to it – and Israel is a young nation, with 28.1 percent under the age of 14, and just 12 percent older than 64.

This short video reveals some of the changes that have taken place in the Land of Israel since the founding of the state.