May 15, 2007

THE POPULATION CLOCK IS TICKING:

Mounting Figures (HILLEL HALKIN, May 15, 2007, NY Sun)

"After 40 years, an ever less Jewish Jerusalem," was the headline of a dispatch filed today by The New York Times' Israel correspondent Greg Myre. That's hardly news in Israel. For years now, the country has been aware that the ratio of Jews to Arabs in its capital is steadily dropping. Once 3-to-1 after Jerusalem was greatly enlarged by the annexation of its Arab neighborhoods in 1967, it is now down to 2-to-1 and still declining.

This isn't because Jerusalem's Jewish population hasn't grown since then the Six Day War. On the contrary, it has grown by leaps-and-bounds, from an estimated 185,000 in 1967 to close to half a million today. It's just that the Arab population has grown even faster in the same period of time — from a little over 60,000 to about a quarter of a million. From a Jewish point of view, this is tantamount to running as fast as one can on a treadmill and losing ground all the time.


Israel shows new openness to Saudi peace plan: In Jordan, the Israeli prime minister said he was ready to discuss the Arab Peace Initiative with Mideast neighbors (Ilene R. Prusher, 5/16/07, The Christian Science Monitor)
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed increased interest Tuesday in discussing a Saudi-authored initiative for reaching a comprehensive Middle East peace, inviting the leaders of Arab countries to come to Israel to talk more seriously about the proposal and alternatively offering his own willingness to meet them in any of theirs.

Mr. Olmert's statement of openness to the multinational Arab initiative came in response to pointed questions posed by author Elie Wiesel at a conference in Petra, Jordan, aimed at bringing together Nobel Prize winners and young peace activists in search of new salutations to the region's troubles. And although the meeting, now in its third year, is not usually not a headline-grabber, a flurry of diplomatic activity surrounding the statement suggests that at least some of the region's leaders may be getting a second wind for giving peace talks a fresh chance.


If you ever want to see an easy illustration of why America is unique, go the the Museum of Science in Boston and check out the steadily mounting population counter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 15, 2007 8:39 PM
Comments

This isn't because Jerusalem's Jewish population hasn't grown since then the Six Day War. On the contrary, it has grown by leaps-and-bounds, from an estimated 185,000 in 1967 to close to half a million today. It's just that the Arab population has grown even faster in the same period of time — from a little over 60,000 to about a quarter of a million.

So the Jewish population grew by a little over 300,000, and the Arab population grew by almost 190,000. Who's losing ground again?

Posted by: Steve White at May 15, 2007 10:56 PM

You would have done better to pick an example using American Jews.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at May 16, 2007 12:13 AM

What a strange discussion.

Pray tell, why should we care about these population figures, as though the great questions of our time were to be decided by majority votes?

Let us remember that we do not fight with pitchforks, and that mere numbers are only a hinderance, a liability.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 16, 2007 4:29 AM

Because they will be, particularly because the majorities will be young and the minorities old.

Posted by: oj at May 16, 2007 6:30 AM
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