In this New Year, Israel has 7.8 million inhabitants, similar to Switzerland and other small European countries. 5.8 M are registered as Jewish (nationality), 1.6 Arabs and 0.3 as "Others" (for example, non-Jewish Russian immigrants). There are in addition some 0.3 illegal mostly Sudanese and Erythrean immigrants, may be more.
36% of the Jews (2.2 million) are Ashkenazi Jews born in Europe, America and South Africa. 37.7% of the Jewish population is Israeli, a category that includes Jews born in Israel (40% of them, maybe, are Ashkenazim, 40% North AFrican, Iraqi and other non-European, and about 20 - 25% are mixed. This last category is growing very fast. My estimate). 25.1% of the Jews here were born in Asia and Africa.
The most interesting trend is the steady increase in births. There were about 180,000 births in 2010, a demographic increase of 2% per annum. The Jewish woman has 3 children average and this numer is INCREASING (the Arab, four and it is DECREASING). There is a steady trend to equalize the features of both sectors, and the Arab sector is fast integrating into the general population even to the point that the younger generation is adopting its language (Hebrew) and culture. The integration cannot be full because of the Rabbinate forbids conversion and intermarriage (of course, human race being the sex crazed maniacs we are, will screw Neanderthals, Denosovians and !San pygmies, in fact, anything walking in two feet and four too if he can catch it. What I am saying is that the cross-interaction is intense, white hot).
Time is working for us. Populations in the Middle East are in transition, and Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia, Algeria and other are already below replacement. In a few years Egypt and Jordan will inevitably reach that stage too. What makes Israeli Jews different? That here the priestly "tribe" (the cohanim - our rabbis and scholars) have not given up the power they had in traditional Jewish communities. In America, only the Orthodox rabbis see themselves as power persons, leading and teaching the Am Ho-Oyretz (the people of the land, that is the garden variety Jew like myself) while the Reformist "rabbis" think they are social workers.
Pic.: London's Chief Rabbi the Lord Sack. Quote:
"Europe, at least the indigenous population of Europe, is dying. That is one of the unsayable truths of our time. We are undergoing the moral equivalent of climate change and no one is talking about it."
"Albert Camus once said, 'The only serious philosophical question is why should I not commit suicide?'. I think he was wrong. The only serious philosophical question is, why should I have a child?"