Jun. 7, 2019
No Arab Demographic Time Bomb – Amb. Yoram Ettinger (Jewish Political Studies Review)
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the Jewish state is not facing an Arab demographic time bomb.
In 2018 there were 1.85 million Arabs in the West Bank (not 3 million as claimed by the Palestinians), 1.6 million Israeli Muslim Arabs, 130,000 Israeli Druze, 130,000 Israeli Christian Arabs, and seven million Jews – a 65.5% Jewish majority in the combined area of pre-1967 Israel and the West Bank.
By 2017 the Jewish fertility rate had risen to 3.16 births per woman, exceeding the Arab fertility rate in the West Bank of 3 births per woman.
Recent years have seen an annual net Jewish immigration of 25,000-30,000, while net Arab emigration from the West Bank has been 20,000 annually.