Is Israel risking a demographic time bomb?

There are 2 main schools of thought popular in Israel now on this subject.

One view, the Arab population is growing faster then the Jewish population in Israel proper and the idea of one State for 2 peoples risks causing a demographic bomb within a few years after the consolidation of territory under the control of the State of Israel. There is a fear that one day Arabs will outnumber Jews so much that the definition of Israel as a Jewish state will be endangered both by demography as well as by the ballot box.

The second view is that the Arab birthrate is decreasing, so much so that the Jewish rate of births per thousand has actually surpassed that of Arabs in the territories. The belief is that a Jewish majority will be maintained even after the absorption of the entire West Bank. Gaza of course is not part of the equation.

Below are some links of interest that I suggest one view before submitting any comments to this blog. I welcome all opinions as long as there are no personal attacks, no hate speech or vulgarity.


Supporting the first view:


Supporting the second view:

Israel’s ‘Demographic Time Bomb’ Is a Dud



One thought on “Is Israel risking a demographic time bomb?

  1. Since I imagine Prof. Falk will delete my reply to Harvey with regard to Prof. Falk’s habit of calling Israelis Nazis (see the12 March post on his site), I will also post my reply here:

    Fred Skolnik
    March 18, 2016 at 1:55 am #

    Sadly, Harvey, this is old stuff. Here is my “dialogue” with Prof. Falk a few posts back.

    Fred Skolnik
    March 1, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    Prof. Falk

    Permit me one further arrogant remark: you don’t trust the ADL findings because you don’t like them.

    It is not that I am arrogant. I am good and angry. You may think that it is acceptable to slander entire nations and peoples as long as you don’t get personal and that, I will hazard to say, is indicative of your total alienation from any nation and people. I do not. When you refer to Israelis as Nazis, I do take it personally, and when you welcome and encourage an entire coterie of debased individuals who make snide and disparaging remarks about Jewish origins, history, religion, money, greed, power, morality, character and even genetic makeup, I also take it personally, and therefore I am not at all kindly disposed toward you.

    (Foxman did not of course conduct or formulate the survey personally, which followed the methodology used over the past 50 years.)

    Richard Falk
    March 2, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    You constantly mischaracterize my views. I have NEVER referred to Israelis as Nazis. I once wrote more than seven years ago
    that the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians living in Gaza exhibited a mentality based on collective guilt that resembled
    how the Nazis viewed the Israelis. I continue to believe this is accurate as a description of official policy, but I have never
    repeated these sentiments because they are easy to manipulate and inflate in the manner that you have done.

    Fred Skolnik
    March 2, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    “Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not. The recent developments in Gaza are especially disturbing because they express so vividly a deliberate intention on the part of Israel and its allies to subject an entire human community to life-endangering conditions of utmost cruelty. The suggestion that this pattern of conduct is a holocaust-in-the-making represents a rather desperate appeal to the governments of the world and to international public opinion to act urgently to prevent these current genocidal tendencies from culminating in a collective tragedy.”

    “There were strong advance signals in 1994 of a genocide to come in Rwanda, and yet nothing was done to stop it; the UN and the world watched while the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosnians took place, an incident that the World Court described as ‘genocide’ a few months ago; similarly, there have been repeated allegations of genocidal conduct in Darfur over the course of the last several years, and hardly an international finger has been raised, either to protect those threatened or to resolve the conflict in some manner that shares power and resources among the contending ethnic groups.

    “But Gaza is morally far worse, although mass death has not yet resulted. It is far worse because the international community is watching the ugly spectacle unfold while some of its most influential members actively encourage and assist Israel in its approach to Gaza.”

    From the BBC News:

    The next UN investigator into Israeli conduct in the occupied territories has stood by comments comparing Israeli actions in Gaza to those of the Nazis.

    “If this kind of situation [Israel and Gaza] had existed for instance in the manner in which China was dealing with Tibet or the Sudanese government was dealing with Darfur, I think there would be no reluctance to make that comparison [with the Nazis].” Well, Prof. Falk, you are saying that “the manner in which … the Sudanese government was dealing with Darfur,” which resulted in hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced, somehow didn’t measure up to the abominations of Israel and therefore was unworthy of any such comparison, unlike Israel. You are utterly shameless.

    Fred Skolnik
    March 2, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    In fact what you are saying now is even worse: “a[n] [Israeli] mentality based on collective guilt that resembled how the Nazis viewed the Israelis [you mean the Jews]. Collective “guilt” wasn’t precisely the issue. The Nazis viewed the Jews as subhuman and exterminated them in gas chambers. Are you sure you wish to stand by the comparison?


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