The Central Bureau of Statistics has published its end-of-the-year stats ahead of Rosh Hashanah. It shows that Jews account for 74.6% of the Israeli population, with Arabs at 20.9%.

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An approximate 26,000 new immigrants came to Israel in the past year, according to official data published Monday by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The vast majority of new Olim, 57%, came from Russia or other countries of the former Soviet Union. 17% came from France and 11% from the United States.

The Israeli population reached about 8.7 million over the past year, an increase of 1.8% compared to last year. 74.6% of them are Jewish and 20.9% are Arab.

The average number of children per family in Israel is 3.1 – the highest among OECD members.

The average life expectancy is 84.2 years for women and 80.7 years for men.