According to a demographics report released by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Monday, the State of Israel has a population of 7,836,600, of which 75.4% is Jewish.
The data, which was compiled for 2011, also indicates that Jewish births are on the rise, while Arab and Druze births are decreasing.
According to forecasts, by the end of 2035 the number of Jews is expected to be somewhere between 7.7-9.9 million and the Arab population is to total between 2.3-2.9 million.
In 1995, the average number of births per Jewish woman in Israel stood at 2.53, rising to 2.98 in 2011. In the Muslim sector, the fertility rate dropped from 4.74 in 2000 to 3.51 in 2011.
The Israeli population increased by 1.8% last year – an addition of 141,500 people.
Yet again (still), one wonders what Obama is talking about:
When informed about the Israeli decision to approve construction plans in the E1 area, “Obama, who has a famously contentious relationship with the prime minister, didn’t even bother getting angry,” wrote Goldberg. “He told several people that this sort of behavior on Netanyahu’s part is what he has come to expect, and he suggested that he has become inured to what he sees as self-defeating policies of his Israeli counterpart.
“In the weeks after the UN vote, Obama said privately and repeatedly, ‘Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.’ With each new settlement announcement, in Obama’s view, Netanyahu is moving his country down a path toward near-total isolation.”
According to Goldberg, Obama “has become convinced that Netanyahu is so captive to the settler lobby, and so uninterested in making anything more than the slightest conciliatory gesture toward Palestinian moderates, that an investment of presidential interest in the peace process wouldn’t be a wise use of his time.”
Liberals like to think they are ruled by rigorous thinking, but the rest of us know they are slaves to their emotions. As Israel’s population grows, it will need more housing. It is a Jewish state, growing ever more Jewish (but staying just as democratic). There has never been a state called Palestine, only a hostile Arab entity sworn to Israel’s annihilation.
Obama has this right: a “peace process” wouldn’t be worth his time.