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(From Israel Business Arena)
Byline: Zeev Klein
Life expectancy was 77.6 years for Israeli men in 2003 (the latest available figure) and 81.8 for women, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported today in its statistical abstract for 2005. Life expectancy between Jews and Arabs is widening. Life expectancy among non-Jews is 3.2 years less for men than the national average, and four years less for women.
Israel's population at the end of 2004 was 6,869,500, of whom 5,237,600 were Jews (76.2%), 1,340,200 Arabs (19.5%), and 291,700 others (4.2%).
Israel's population rose by 1.8% last year, a return to the growth rates of the 1980s. 89% of the …