U.S. State Department Report: Demographic Reality is Here Today
The U.S. State Department has released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2004. The report provided population figures for Israel and the territories and the surprising news is that while Israeli demographers have been saying for a number of years that eventually somewhere down the line, Arabs would outnumber Jews – apparently that is now already the reality on the ground.
The section on Israel and the Occupied Territories states that the population of Israel stands at 6.8 million, of whom 5.2 million are Jews, 1.3 million Arabs and another 290,000 are other minorities. The report then notes that the Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip stands at approximately 1.4 million while in the West Bank it is approximately 2.4 million. There are 237,185 Palestinians in Occupied East Jerusalem.
Therefore the Arab population stands at over 5.3 million while the Jewish population stands at 5.2 million.