Israels population now 8.2 million

Israel’s population increased to nearly 8.2 million, according to figures released just ahead of Israel Independence Day.

The population grew by 2 percent, about 157,000 people, according to the report released May 1 by the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Jews make up 75 percent of the population, or 6.1 million people. Arabs are 20.7 percent, or 1.7 million people.

About 178,000 babies were born in the last year and 42,000 deaths were reported. In addition, some 24,000 people moved to Israel in the last year. — jta