January 23, 2011
In Israel, Is Demography Destiny?
For Israel, pundits incessantly proclaim, demography is destiny. There are endless warnings that unless the Jewish state relinquishes control over the West Bank, Muslims soon will outnumber Jews between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. Israel would then confront equally intolerable choices: to become either a bi-national, or an apartheid, state. But fateful decisions with permanently deleterious consequences for Israel should not rest upon demographic mythology.To begin with undisputed data: the total population of the State of Israel (according to its Central Bureau of Statistics) is 7,695,000. This includes 5,802,000 Jews (75.4%), 1,573,000 Arabs (20.4%), and 320,000 Israelis (4.2%) who are not identified as either Jewish or Arab. The number of Jews living in the West Bank (biblical Judea and Samaria) is 327,800. At the end of 2010, 6,129,000 Jews lived between the river and the sea.It is Palestinian population numbers that concern Israelis. Yasser Arafat gleefully predicted...(Read Full Article)