TITLE

ISRAEL: A DEMOGRAPHIC DILEMMA

AUTHOR(S)
Skutel, H. J.
PUB. DATE
September 1987
SOURCE
Contemporary Review;Sep87, Vol. 251 Issue 1460, p121
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the role of demographic factors in destroying Israel as an exclusive preserve of world Jewry. Demographers contend that while the Israeli Arab birthrate has overall been declining in recent years, it is nevertheless growing by 2.7 per cent annually as compared to 1.6 per cent for the Jews. Hence, the ratio of Arabs in the Israeli population is expected to increase from its current 17.6 per cent to around 20 per cent by the year 2000. The population today is roughly 4.3 million, 82.3 per cent of which is Jewish. Despite repeated protestations that Israel is a democratic country where, according to its 1948 Proclamation of Independence all citizens are entitled to "full social and political equality" Arabs, in fact, are regarded as a tolerated obstacle to the realization of a predominantly Jewish state.
ACCESSION #
15935398

 

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