Israelis ( Yiśraʾelim, al-ʾIsrāʾīliyyin), are citizens or nationals of the modern state of Israel, which is a multiethnic society that is home to people of different national backgrounds. The largest ethnic groups comprise Jews (see Jewish ethnic divisions) followed by Arabs (see Arabic-speaking minorities) and other minorities. However, hundreds of thousands of Israelis have a mixed heritage of at least two ethnic groups, due to cross-cultural intermarriage. Israel is a multicultural nation which is home to a wide variety of traditions and values. Large-scale aliyah in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries from Jewish diaspora communities in Europe and Yemen and more recent large-scale aliyah from North Africa, Western Asia, North America, South America the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia introduced many new demographic elements and have had broad impact on Israeli culture. Israelis and people of Israeli descent live all over the world: in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. As many as 750,000 Israelis, about 10 percent of the general population of Israel, are estimated to be living abroad.


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