consolidated their hold with the emergence of the Kingdom of Israel, and the Kingdom of Judah.
Some consider that these Canaanite sedentary Israelites melded with incoming nomadic groups known as 'Hebrews'.
The exact world Jewish population, however, is difficult to measure.
In addition to issues with census methodology, disputes among proponents of halakhic, secular, political, and ancestral identification factors regarding who is a Jew may affect the figure considerably depending on the source.
), officially the State of Israel, is a country in the Middle East, on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.
The country's second largest group of citizens are Arabs, at 20.8% (including the Druze and most East Jerusalem Arabs).the experience of diaspora life, from the Ancient Egyptian rule over the Levant, to Assyrian Captivity and Exile, to Babylonian Captivity and Exile, to Seleucid Imperial rule, to the Roman occupation and Exile, and the historical relations between Jews and their homeland thereafter, became a major feature of Jewish history, identity and memory.According to the report, about 44% of all Jews reside in Israel (6.3 million), and 40% in the United States (5.7 million), with most of the remainder living in Europe (1.4 million) and Canada (0.4 million).However, peace treaties between Israel and both Egypt and Jordan have successfully been implemented.The population of Israel, as defined by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, was estimated in 2017 to be 8,724,640 people.