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Israel's Population Passes Nine Million On Eve Of Rosh Hashanah
Israel's population reached 9,092,000 people on the eve of the Jewish new year of 5780, reported the Central Bureau of Statistics on Thursday. Since Rosh Hashanah last year, the population has grown by 184,000 people. Population growth in 5779 was 2.1 percent, similar to in recent years.
About 196,000 babies were born in Israel over the past Jewish year, some 50,000 people died and 35,000 new immigrants arrived.
The population is forecast to reach 10 million at the end of 2024, 15 million at the end of 2048 and 20 million in 2065.
Jews number 6,744,000 (74.2 percent of the population) and Arabs 1,907,000 (21 percent). The remainder, 441,000 people (4.8 percent), are non-Arab Christians, belong to other religions or are considered to be "without a religion."
The CBS data include Israeli citizens and permanent residents who live in Israel and the West Bank, but do not include Palestinians living in the West Bank.
The Jewish Agency for Israel also released figures on the world's Jewish population before Rosh Hashanah. The total number of Jews in the world is 14.8 million, up from 14.7 million a year ago. Israel is the country with the largest number of Jews, 6.7 million, with 8.1 million others living outside of the Jewish state. Some 5.7 million live in the United States.
Here is the breakdown of the rest of the world's Jewish population:
The United Kingdom: 292,000
South Africa: 67,000
The Netherlands: 30,000
Some 26,000 Jews live in Arab and Muslim countries, including 15,000 in Turkey, 8,500 in Iran, 2,000 in Morocco and 1,000 in Tunisia.
The data are based on estimates by Prof. Sergio Della Pergola of Hebrew University. They include all those who identify as Jews, and who do not have another religious identity.
About 100 countries around the world have Jewish populations of at least 100 people. In addition, smaller numbers of Jews live in Bermuda, the Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica, Curacao, Virgin Islands, Bolivia, Surinam, Cyprus, Malta, Slovenia, Bosnia, North Macedonia, Armenia, Kirghizstan, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Congo, Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Syria and Egypt.
Global Jewish Population Reaches 14.8 Million
As we prepare to welcome the Jewish year 5780, the number of Jews worldwide stands at 14.8 million, compared to 14.7 million in 5779. Of these, 8.1 million live outside Israel (including 5.7 million in the United States). In Israel, the number of Jews is 6.7 million (compared to 6.6 million in 5779). The updated estimates were published by Professor Sergio Della Pergola of Hebrew University in the American Jewish Year Book 2019.
The numbers include those who define themselves as Jews and who do not identify with another religion. When including those who are eligible for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, the number rises to 23.6 million people, of whom 16.5 million live outside Israel.
Around 26,000 Jews live in Arab and Muslim states, of whom 15,000 live in Turkey, around 8,500 in Iran, around 2,000 in Morocco, and approximately 1,000 in Tunisia.
Countries with Jewish populations of 500 or fewer include: Bermuda, Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica, Curacao, the Virgin Islands, Bolivia, Surinam, Cyprus, Malta, Slovenia, Bosnia, North Macedonia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Congo, Botswana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Syria and Egypt.
The number of people waiting to make Aliyah to Israel from Ethiopia is around 8,000.
Iran Guards chief: Destroying Israel now not a dream but an 'achievable goal'
ISRAEL MUST BE 'WIPED OFF MAP' AND IRAN HAS 'THE CAPACITY'
In claim prominently reported in Iran, Major General Hossein Salami declares Tehran able to annihilate 'the impostor Zionist regime'
The commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Monday that destroying Israel was now an "achievable goal."
Four decades on from Iran's Islamic revolution, "we have managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime," Major General Hossein Salami was quoted saying by the IRGC's Sepah news site.
"This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer … a dream [but] it is an achievable goal," Salami said.
The remarks were made at a biannual meeting in Tehran for commanders of the IRGC amid rising tensions between Iran and the US and its allies.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard troops march in a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran, September 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
Salami's comments were given prominent coverage by the Tasnim and Fars news agencies, close to ultra-conservative political factions.
The official IRNA agency also carried his remarks, but placed more emphasis on his assertion that Iran was growing stronger and would finally beat its foes despite "hostility" toward it.
US President Donald Trump officially designated the IRGC as a terrorist organization in April. "This unprecedented step, led by the Department of State, recognizes the reality that Iran is not only a State Sponsor of Terrorism, but that the IRGC actively participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft," the president said in a statement. "The IRGC is the Iranian government's primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign."
"Iran has encircled Israel from all four sides. Nothing will be left of Israel," said Nilforoushan in an interview with the Iranian news agency Tasnim on Saturday. "Israel is not in a position to threaten Iran," he said according to a translation published by Radio Farda, the Iranian branch of the US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
"If Israel makes a strategic mistake, it has to collect bits and pieces of Tel Aviv from the lower depths of the Mediterranean Sea," he added.
"If the enemies could have started a war against Iran, they would have done it," Nilforoushan said, adding that geography plays to Iran's favor. "We are not a small country that could be conquered in one step. If all the Western, Arab and Israeli coalitions forces enter our country, Iran's geography will defeat them before they can do anything."
Nilforoushan also boasted of Iran's "deep and long-range [missile] assault capability" and said Tehran has the means to make this capability operations.
"We will not let the enemies to face us at our borders. We will quickly drag the war to the bases and interests of the enemies anywhere they may happen to be," he warned.
Satellite image from Planet Labs Inc. shows thick black smoke rising from Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq, Saudi Arabia, September 14, 2019. (Planet Labs Inc via AP)
The attack in Saudi Arabia was the latest incident following the collapse of Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, over a year after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the accord. The nuclear deal was meant to keep Tehran from building atomic weapons — something Iran denies it wants to do — in exchange for economic incentives.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a sharp critic of the nuclear deal negotiated under the administration of former President Barack Obama, and welcomed Washington's pull-back from the accord, urging further pressure on Iran.
Earlier this month, Netanyahu exposed the existence of a secret nuclear facility in central Iran in which he said the regime had conducted experiments in the pursuit of nuclear weapons. The Israeli premier said that once Iran detected that Israel had learned about the secret nuclear site, located in Abadeh, south of Isfahan, the regime quickly destroyed it.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press regarding the Iranian nuclear program, at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on September 9, 2019 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Iran regularly threatens Israel, viewing the country as a powerful enemy allied with the United States and Sunni countries in the region against Tehran and its nuclear ambitions.
Israel has also thwarted Iranian operations in neighboring Syria where its fighters and those of Iranian proxy Hezbollah have been fighting alongside forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad since 2011.
Tensions with the Hezbollah terror group soared this month after the Israel Defense Forces late last month thwarted an attempt by Iranian operatives in Syria — including two former Hezbollah members — to carry out an attack on northern Israel with armed drones and attacked their base. It also followed a drone attack in Beirut, attributed to Israel, that reportedly destroyed key components of a joint Hezbollah-Iran project to manufacture precision-guided missiles in Lebanon. Hezbollah responded to the attacks by firing anti-tank missiles into northern Israel earlier this month, although Israel said no soldiers were injured in the incident.
Hezbollah is seen by Israel as one of its most dangerous enemies, with an arsenal of rockets and missiles larger than that of most countries. The IDF last week completed a week-long training program for its senior combat officers aimed at preparing them for a war against Hezbollah, providing them with the latest intelligence, fighting methods and operational plans.
My Mother taught me
1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION..."Just wait until your father gets home.
"2. My Mother taught me about RECEIVING...."You are going to get it when we get home!"
3. My Mother taught me to MEET A CHALLENGE..."What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you! Don`t talk back to me!"
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9. My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT..."If you don`t eat your vegetables, you`ll never grow up."
10. My Mother taught me about GENETICS..."You`re just like your father."
11.My Mother taught me about my ROOTS..."Do you think you were born in a barn?"
13.My Mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE..."When you get to be my age, you will understand."
14.And my all time favorite... JUSTICE..."One day you`ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you....Then you`ll see what it`s like."
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Where do sharks go on vacation? Finland! Where do sheep go on vacation?The Baaa-hamas!
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How do rabbits get to their holiday destination? By hare-plane!
What did the pig say on the beach? I'm bacon!
Where do cows go on vacation? Moo York!
What did the Pacific Ocean say to the Atlantic Ocean? Nothing, it just waved.