Secretary Blinken Is Wrong on Israel’s Demography
By: Yoram Ettinger | CCNS
Secretary of State Antony Blinken keeps advising Israel to retreat from the mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), lest it loses its Jewish majority.
Secretary Blinken is wrong, relying on highly-inflated, erroneous Palestinian Authority numbers, ignoring the dramatic Westernization of Arab demography, and overlooking the unprecedented Jewish demographic tailwind in Israel, as documented by the following data.
Jewish demography bolstered
*The number of Israeli Jewish births in 2020 (134,866) was 68% higher than in 1995 (80,400), while the number of Israeli Arab births in 2020 was 16% higher (42,435) than in 1995 (36,500), as reported by the March 2021 Monthly Bulletin of Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS).
* In 2020, Jewish births were 76% of total births, compared to 69% in 1995.
*The fertility rate (number of births per woman) of Israeli secular Jewish women has trended upward during the last 25 years, while ultra-orthodox women have experienced a slight decline.
*Israeli Jewish women – who are second only to Iceland in joining the job market – are unique in experiencing a rise in the fertility rate, along with expanded urbanization, education, the standard of living, integration into the job market, and a rise of wedding age, while these phenomena have lowered the fertility rate in all other countries.