JERUSALEM—At sundown Wednesday, the celebrations begin.
Fireworks. Parties. Picnics. Music. Dancing.
After all, modern Israel is turning 74.
What a journey the country has been on since its prophetic rebirth – tremendous sadness, and yet tremendous growth and progress.
Here are 10 facts you should know about how far the Jewish State has come since 1948.
Total population of Israel in May 2022: 9.5 million (including 7.02 million Jews)
Total population of Israel in May 1948: 1.97 million (including 716,700 Jews)
Total number of fallen Israeli soldiers since the War of Independence in 1948: 24,068
Total victims of terrorism: 4,216
Total number of Israelis who have died from COVID: 10,699
Israel’s GDP in 1948: $164.2 million
Israel’s GDP (per capita) in 2022: $44,177
Israel’s GDP (per capita) in 1948: $5,000
Total number of submarines in 1948: None
Total Christian population of Israel in 2022: 182,000 (mostly Arab Christians)
Total Christian population of Israel in 1948: 34,000
Number of Israeli Jewish followers of Jesus in 2022: 30,000
Number of Israeli Jewish followers of Jesus in 1948: 23
Joel C. Rosenberg is the editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS and the President and CEO of Near East Media. A New York Times best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and Evangelical leader, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and sons.