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A Question for Dr. Pipes. re: Housing

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Submitted by trans-parere (Canada), Apr 14, 2010 at 12:49

Dear Dr. Pipes,

It is my understanding that the Jewish Israeli birth rate has not kept pace as to the Arab Israeli birth rate with in Israel and that they [future fear] will become a minority with in Israel? Also that there has been a loss of Jews due to emigration. Some tired of living under the threat of terrorism and missiles etc.. I can't really find quotable stats, but seem to remember something recently said by an Jewish [liberal] parliamentarian. Assuming this to be true, and I await your affirmation or correction, the question bares asking. With over 20% of the population today being Arab, [and climbing] in the future who will actually reside in this housing/settlement. Jews? Arabs? Citizens of Israel? Question 2. Are the Jews using housing to create a religious aprartheid with in Israel? And if so, even unintentionally? Isn't that in itself actually diminishing the "Zionist" ideal of an Israel that some fear was in the heart of every Jew? I ask these questions because something in the mix here doesn't add up relative to all the focus on housing/ settlements with in the occupied territories, the Israeli-Palestinian"Question", and the unspoken "Zionism".

Thank you trans-parere

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Daniel Pipes replies:

No, the Jewish percentage of the iIsraeli population has stayed quite constant over time and, as the Arab birthrate goes down, will likely stay about the same.

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