476,000 Israelis in West Bank in 2020

2.6% growth, settlers leader says aim is a 'million Jews'

20 January, 17:21

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JANUARY 20 - At the end of 2020, the overall number of Israelis living in the West Bank was 476,033 in about 150 settlements of various sizes.

    These figures were given on Wednesday by the Judea-Samaria (West Bank) Settlers Council, noting that compared with the previous year the population in those regions had grown by 2.6%: more than in Israeli territory, where the increase in 2020 was only 1.7%.

    From a sociological standpoint, settlers in 2020 included 36% Ultra-Orthodox Jews, 36% religious nationalists, and 28% of secular beliefs.

    The latter are mostly in two settler cities - Ariel and Maaleh Adunim - and in the Jordan Valley, where last year there was a 5.7% development rate.

    "Our aim,'' settlers leader David Elhyani said, "is to reach one million Jewish inhabitants of Judea-Samaria and in the Jordan Valley. Israeli sovereignty must be extended to these zones.''(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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