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Israeli Jews Birthrates Surpassing Arabs

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 04:53 AM

Jewish birthrates have increased and Arab ones have declined substantially in Israel in recent years, bringing the nation to the point where the average Jewish woman is having more children than her Arab counterpart, according to an analysis published Tuesday in the Jerusalem Post.

Paul Morland, a business consultant and associate research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, writes that from 2000 through last year, the number of Arab births in Israel “almost completely flatlined” at approximately 40,000 a year.

Over the same period, the number of Jewish births rose from 95,000 to 130,000 annually. “In the first four months of 2013, the most recent period for which data is available, Jewish births were up 38 percent [compared to] the same period for 2001, and Arab births down 6 percent,” Morland adds.

The declining Arab fertility rates are unsurprising, because they reflect well-documented trends in neighboring Arab countries like Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan dating back to the 1960s.

The surprising factor has been the steady rise of the fertility of Israel’s Jewish women, according to Morland. At roughly three children per woman, it is “an unprecedented level of child-bearing for women in a developed country,” he writes.

Meanwhile, in the West Bank, births to Jews have grown five-fold in the past 20 years, and the fertility rate of ultra-Orthodox Jews there is currently two and a half times that of the local Arab population.

Morland argues that both left and right in Israel can take some comfort from these trends. For the right, they can be used to argue that a territorial maximalist position is “more demographically feasible than it was a decade or two ago.” For the left, they can “deflate what is sometimes taken to be demographic panic aimed at the Arab citizens of Israel.”

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Jewish birthrates have increased and Arab ones have declined substantially in Israel in recent years, bringing the nation to the point where the average Jewish woman is having more children than her Arab counterpart, according to an analysis published Tuesday in the Jerusalem Post.
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