December 19, 2003

BIBI LEARNS TO LOVE THE BOMB:

Netanyahu: Israel's demographic problem is with its Arab minority (Ellis Shuman, December 18, 2003, Israeli Insider)

Netanyahu's speech, his first diplomatic address since becoming finance minister, attacked Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's call for a withdrawal from most of the territories due to the concern that Israel could not remain a Jewish democratic state if it didn't ensure a 80% Jewish majority. "For a diplomatic deal you need a partner and you need to get something back in return," Netanyahu said, rejecting any possibility of unilateral moves.

"We do have a demographic problem but it is with the Arab Israelis, not the Palestinians," Netanyahu said. "The declaration of independence depicts Israel as both Jewish and democratic. To stop democracy from wiping out the Jewish nature of the country we must insure the Jewish majority. Incorporating the Arab Israelis fully into Israeli society should be done hand in hand with protecting the Jewish nature of that society," he said.

"Luckily we no longer control the larger part of the Palestinian population. I do not see any possible solution that will somehow bring these people back under Israeli rule, as citizens or in any other form. We are not interested in controlling the Palestinians," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu warned that if the Arab minority would reach 40% of the population, Israel would cease to exist as a Jewish democratic state. Of Israel's 6.6 million citizens, about 1.3 million (20%) are Arabs, Haaretz reported.


Mr. Netanyahu is correct that all this does is buy Israel time, but wrong about who's the problem. Jews need to have more children.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 19, 2003 10:24 AM
Comments

More Jews? What's not to like?

(All frivolity aside, whatever ensures that Judaism continues as a flourishing society has my full (non-Jewish & non-Christian) support.)

Posted by: Biased Observer at December 19, 2003 8:53 PM

"Jews need to have more children."

Then they need to abandon socialism.

Posted by: ray at December 19, 2003 10:29 PM
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