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Official Yesha Population Stats - Yossi Sarid Responds

By Baruch Gordon

Arutz Sheva

6 September, 2012
It is irreversible -Yesha is here to stay as part of Israel.

The numbers which appear below in the Official Population Statistics of Judea and Samaria (Yesha), aka the West Bank, are not readily accessible to the general public. They come directly from the Population Registry of Israel's Interior Ministry and are painstakingly gathered and formulated by the office of Knesset Member Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz.

The growing number of Jews in Judea and Samaria is getting the attention of influential people. Despite headlines of world leaders planning a Palestinian State on Jew-free turf, a slow and quiet Jewish population explosion there has already rendered these designs wholly unrealistic.

As of June 30, 2012, there are over 350,000 Jews living in Judea and Samaria (not including the more than 300,000 in the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem which are also technically the West Bank).

As per the stats below, the facts on the ground are conclusive: It's over; there will never be a Palestinian State in the middle of the Jewish Homeland in the area known as the West Bank.
It's only a matter of time before the facts begin to register with people of influence.
And so it is with former Meretz Party Leader Yossi Sarid who is a very intelligent, savvy analyst. He was the arch enemy of the movement to restore a Jewish presence in the ancient Hebrew towns of Judea and Samaria. Though I disagree with every word he says, he's not stupid like some of the others.

In a recent article entitled, "Tisha B'av: Maybe Next Time We'll Succeed" (Haaretz, July 27, 2012), Yossi Sarid basically throws in the towel. He writes:
Sarid: "Writing this time is especially difficult for me. I am accompanied by a gloomy but deep feeling that I am advancing towards an admission that I erred. And it's no small error. How did I not see the ramifications? ...

"In reference to the settlement movement I always convinced myself that what was being done can and will be reversed, and that the long-awaited awakening would surely come. Now it's too late.

"In response to Benvinisti who wrote 25 years ago that the settlements are irreversible, I wrote then, 'There's no such thing as irreversible. Only death is irreversible.... Why instill premature despair?' He was right. I was blinded and continued to operate on mistaken assumptions... I based my false hopes on common sense... on our ability to stop at any moment and change direction. I was wrong. It's my fault."

This article will bring joy to the hearts of many. At long last we merit to hear Sarid admitting he was wrong. Blessed [is He] who has let us live to see this day. At long last he understands that the settlements are here for eternity, "from ancient times and forever." Sarid answers the joy of his opponents with a prediction.... 

"Yes Ma'am. You did. Hillary, dear, Just look at the official numbers below."

Ladies and gentlemen, understand the significance of what you just read. Yossi Sarid, the former head of the most radical and strongest Jewish political party which sought to erase the Jewish towns of Judea and Samaria, concedes defeat. The official numbers below have registered loud and clear with Mr. Sarid. "It's too late," he says. 

It will take time for the world to wake up and smell the coffee. There will yet be struggles. But with the waning Arab birth rate and the waxing Jewish one, time is simply on our side. Every day, the Jewish population of Judea and Samaria increases by more than 42. That's more than a classroom a day. 

So, the more that world leaders spend time talking, the deeper they dig the grave for their own diplomatic initiatives aimed at uprooting the Jewish People from their ancestral homeland. 

Justice has prevailed. The Lion of Judah has awakened and reclaimed his Land. No force in the world can reverse this just, historic process.

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The writer, founder and former manager of the Arutz website, authors the blog Baruch's Breeze on the site. He serves as Dir. of Development and PR for the IDF Preparatory Academy in Bet El and the Bet El Yeshiva Center as well as director of which offers countrywide tours of Israel. An oleh from Memphis, Tenn. and an IDF veteran, he and his wife Anat live in Bet El, and have 7 Sabra children plus grandchildren.



Jewish Population Stats for Judea and Samaria as of June 30, 2012

Population Registry of the Interior Ministry

Judea and Samaria Jewish Population: 350,143

[Not including more than 300,000 Jews in eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem]


On Dec. 31, 2000, there were 190,206 Jews in Yesha

On June 30, 2009, there were 301,754 Jews in Yesha

On June 30, 2010, there were 320,073 Jews in Yesha

On June 30, 2011, there were 334,564 Jews in Yesha

On June 30, 2012, there were 350,143 Jews in Yesha


The Jewish population increased in this region in the last year by 4.65%.

Below are the stats for each town in Judea and Samaria. The population of some small villages are recorded in the registry as part of larger neighboring towns as in the case with Shiloh and its neighboring villages.

Northern Samaria

Chinanit 990 
Chermesh 228 
Mevo Dotan 365 
Rechan 197 
Shaked 693 
Total 2,473 

Ariel-Elkana Bloc (Trans Samaria H’way)

Revava 1,552 
Oranit 7,378 
Alfei Menashe 7,947 
Elkana 3,739 
Ariel 18,638 
Barkan 1,586 
Elei Zahav 1,088
Etz Efraim 885 
Peduel 1,409 
Kiryat Netafim 683 
Shaarei Tikva 4,872 
Total 49,777 

Maaleh Adumim Bloc

Maaleh Adumim 38,647
Kfar Adumim 3,334
Mitzpeh Yericho 1,975
Keidar 1,148
Total 45,104 

Eastern Etziyon Bloc

Maaleh Amos 452 
Nokdim 1,306 
Tekoa 2,470 
Metzad-Asfar 444 
Total 4,672 

Samaria Bloc

Itamar 986 
Elon Moreh 1,605 
Bracha 1,817 
Yitzhar 1,201 
Migdalim 150 
Shavei Shomron 821 
Avnei Hefetz 1,638 
Yakir 1,671 
Kfar Tapuach 1,195 
Maaleh Shomron 834 
Nofim 496 
Salit 558 
Immanuel 3,492 
Einav 722 
Tzofim 1,426 
Kedummim 4,081 
Karnei Shomron 7,137 
Total 29,830 

Beitar Illit 

Beitar Illit 43,257 
Total 43,257 

Kiryat Sefer Bloc

Hashmoniam 3,008 
Kiryat Sefer (Modiin Illit) 55,672 
Matitiyahu 497 
Total 59,177 

Jordan Valley Bloc

Avnet 80 
Almog 210 
Argeman 165 
Bet HaArava 108 
Bekaot 207 
Gittit 330 
Galgal 165 
Vered Yericho 249 
Hemdat 161 
Hamra 157 
Yetav 276 
Yafit 175 
Mehola 454 
Mechora 154 
Maaleh Efraim 1,591 
Mitzpeh Shalem 204 
Mesua 189 
Maskiot 86 
Niran 76 
Naama 136 
Netiv HaGedud 179 
Fetzael 273 
Kalia 363 
Roi 155 
Rotem 101 
Shadmot Mehola 576 
Tomer 305 
Total 7,125 

Gush Etziyon Bloc

Elon Shevut 3,501 
Elazar 2,245 
Efrata 9,143 
Bat Ayin 1,195 
Har Gilo 787 
Karmei Tzur 859
Kfar Etziyon 650 
Migdal Oz 423 
Neve Daniel 2,278 
Rosh Tzurim 862 
Total 27,763 

Hevron Hills Bloc

Adura 291 
Eshkolot 672 
Hevron 599 
Haggai 564 
Tene 719 
Carmel 468 
Maon 487 
Metzudat Yehuda 434 
Negohot 260 
Susia 945 
Otniel 731 
Pnei Hever 396 
Kiryat Arba 7,180 
Shima 386 
Telem 255 
Total 14,387

Binyamin Bloc

Bet El 5,984 
Bet Aryeh 4,286 
Bet Horon 1,201 
Geva (Adam) 4,548 
Givon Hahadasha 1,332 
Givat Zeev 13,955 
Dolev 1,370 
Har Adar 3,935 
Halamish 1,197 
Talmon 3,370 
Kochav HaShahar 1,953 
Kochav Yaakov 6,895 
Kfar HaOranim 2,408 
Mevo Horon 1,844 
Maaleh Levona 635 
Maaleh Michmash 1,499 
Nachliel 525 
Nili 976 
Naaleh 1,056 
Ofrah 3,199 
Ateret 520 
Almon (Anatot) 1,170 
Psagot 1,894 
Rimonim 626 
Shiloh 2,771 
Eli 3,249 
Total 72,398