February 20, 2014

THE OTHER 6 MILLION:

In Israel, the 'demographic issue' gains resonance : Statistics indicate there are 6.1 million Jews and nearly 5.8 million Arabs living in the Holy Land, threatening Israel's Jewish character like never before (DAN PERRY AND KARIN LAUB, February 20, 2014, Times of Israel)

The "demographic issue" is focusing Israeli minds in a way that moral arguments against occupation have not, particularly when they are weighed against forgoing the West Bank's strategic hinterland and Jerusalem with its unrivaled religious and historic sites.

Some experts are predicting Arabs will outnumber Jews in Israel plus the areas it captured in 1967 -- the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Continued occupation, they say, would force Israel into a hard choice: Formalize Jewish minority rule over disenfranchised Palestinians -- or give them the right to vote and end the Zionist dream of a Jewish homeland in historic Palestine.

In this context, those arguing for a pullout on these terms are essentially trying to save Israel as a "Jewish state" -- where the degree of Jewishness is a function of the size of the majority.
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