Demographic Optimism; Not Fatalism

Detroit Jewish News, April 16, 2009

On the eve of Israel's 1948 Declaration of Independence, Prof. Roberto Bachi, the founder of Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, projected that in 2001 there will be 2.3mn Jews in Israel, constituting a 33% minority.  In 2001, there was a solid 60% Jewish majority, of five million. 

The Proposed Palestinian State: A Deal-Maker or a Deal-Breaker?

Jerusalem Cloakroom #223, April 10, 2009 1.  The Palestinian issue was a deal-breaker during Israel-Egypt peace negotiation.  In defiance of Carter and Brzezinski – the "Palestine Firsters" – and in spite of Palestinian terrorist threats, Begin and Sadat introduced a Palestinian-bypass, thus concluding a peace accord. Their determination to overcome White House and Foggy Bottom preoccupation with the Palestinian issue as, supposedly, the root core of the Arab-Israeli conflict and Mideast violence, produced a peace treaty.  It has lowered the prospect of an Arab-Israeli war, has decreased regional tension and has advanced US interests. 

BURSTING THE DEMOGRAPHIC BUBBLE

http://www.youngisrael.org/content/viewpoint/PDFs/viewpointspring2009.pdf, April 01, 2009

The erroeneous assumption that Jews are doomed to become a minority between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean has eroded confidence in the future of the Jewish State.  

The Debacle of Demographic Fatalism

http://www.news1.co.il/Archive/003-D-36497-00.html?tag=20-11-32, March 23, 2009 Demographobia – the illogical fear of Arab demography – has become a central element shaping Israel's national security policy, even though it is groundless. 

IRAN TARGETS THE USA

http://www.jpost.com/Cooperations/Google/Default.aspx?q=yoram%20ettinger%20iran%20targets%20the%20US, March 23, 2009

The prevention of a nuclear Iran constitutes a top US national security priority.  It sheds light on a special aspect of US-Israel relationship: defiance of mutual threats.

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