#22 What this implies for Israel - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 13.03.06 | 16:14 (IST)

    First, that Israel has a demographic scare and isnt sure how to solve it. Immigration to the country is down, numbers coming in are not matching numbers going out and the birthrate is not increasing except in the ultra-Orthodox group of the popultion. As has been true throughout its history when push comes to shove in this matter, the "Jewish " part of Israel's self definition has taken precedence over the "democratic". Most Israelis would justify this and would not think of questioning it. But as it struggles with the demographic question Israel is simply setting the conditions that will lead to a binational state, or more of an apartheid state than it already is which will be in the long run unsustainable. That too is part of the panic regarding the demographic question.

    from the article: Lieberman - nyet, nyet, nyet
    First published 00:00 13.03.06 | Last updated 00:00 13.03.06
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