Winning The War Of The Womb

Everywhere I go I see loads of Jewish children. And some Arab ones too.

Everywhere I go I see loads of Jewish children. And some Arab ones too.

There’s a new article in Commentary taking specific aim at exploding the dangerous myth that Jews in Israel are under some sort of demographic threat from Muslim Arabs. I believe large elements of Caroline Glick’s new book also back up this view too.

The article begins:

Figures released today show that Israel’s demographic situation continues to move in a direction that is positive for the future of the Jewish state, quite in contravention to the prevailing wisdom about Israel’s impending demographic peril. Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics has released the birthrate figures for 2013, revealing that the Jewish birthrate is continuing to rise as the Muslim birthrate is continuing to decline.

Just as I believe BDS is a relatively toothless threat designed by peace processors to create some sort of false urgency for concessions to be made, so too is the “demographic bomb”.

And nothing proves that point more appropriately than reading the following (toward the end of the Commentary piece which I encourage you to read in full):

In 1987 Thomas Friedman gave Israel twelve years until the demographic bomb went off. We’re still waiting. Those, such as Obama, who attempt to use demographics to alarm Israel into rushing into territorial concessions that could be strategically reckless simply don’t have the stats to backup their threats.

Ah, yes, dear old Thomas Friedman, who’s still running around the middle east claiming Man Made Global Warming™ is to blame for the Syrian civil war. When I add 12 to 1987 I get, errr, a long time ago. And the only demographic bomb that’s exploded is the Jewish population. I guess Tom Friedman isn’t quite the prophet he thinks he is: just another prophet of doom prediction that was bullshit. I wonder if his views on man made global warming are similarly reliable.

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Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian's interests include electric cars, world peace and an end to world hunger. Besides blogging here, Brian of London now writes at the Times of Israel. Brian of London also hosted Shire Network News

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  • Travis

    Glick’s book is great but I found only one mistake in it. She quotes Flavius Josephus on the Bar Kochba War when Josephus (born Joseph ben Mattiyahu) actually died (c. 100 A.D.) over 30 years before the out break of the Bar Kochba Rebellion in 132- 135 A.D. Josephus as you know, was involved in the First Roman – Jewish War (66 – 73 A.D.).

  • Travis

    Glick’s book is great but I found only one mistake in it. She quotes Flavius Josephus on the Bar Kochba War when Josephus (born Joseph ben Mattiyahu) actually died (c. 100 A.D.) over 30 years before the out break of the Bar Kochba Rebellion in 132- 135 A.D. Josephus as you know, was involved in the First Roman – Jewish War (66 – 73 A.D.).

  • Travis

    There is a hostile Mike Wallace interview from 1958 with Abba Eban where the obnoxious one also is pushing the “demographics bomb” and calling for Israeli territorial concessions (pre Six Day War Israel mind you).

  • Travis

    There is a hostile Mike Wallace interview from 1958 with Abba Eban where the obnoxious one also is pushing the “demographics bomb” and calling for Israeli territorial concessions (pre Six Day War Israel mind you).

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It took Israelly Cool a while to take on this pernicious myth, but I am happy to see it exploded. Israel’s Jews have the highest birthrate among all Westernized people. A business client of mine visited Israel last year and was astonished by the youth of its population, which is an expression of the optimism many Israelis feel toward their country.

    As for man made global warming, anyone who has been in New York City this past winter has to ask himself, “Who do you believe, the experts or your own lying eyes?”

    • Jim from Iowa

      Who you going to believe – the National Academy of Sciences or the temperature at Times Square on some recent January day in 2014 to decide whether man-made global climate change is real? Don’t believe Thomas Friedman about anything really, but why would you dismiss a group of scientific professionals with no particular political agenda in deciding whether you believe in man-made global climate change?

      • Norman_In_New_York

        It wasn’t just one day in January, it was the entire month and all of February as well. Even March has been having below normal temperatures. And yes, climate scientists do have a political agenda. When radical environmentalists gain control of the political party that hands out grant money, it’s a given that scientists will go along to get along.

        • Travis

          It is all about redistributing wealth from advanced developed nations to poor Third World countries.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It took Israelly Cool a while to take on this pernicious myth, but I am happy to see it exploded. Israel’s Jews have the highest birthrate among all Westernized people. A business client of mine visited Israel last year and was astonished by the youth of its population, which is an expression of the optimism many Israelis feel toward their country.

    As for man made global warming, anyone who has been in New York City this past winter has to ask himself, “Who do you believe, the experts or your own lying eyes?”

    • Jim from Iowa

      Who you going to believe – the National Academy of Sciences or the temperature at Times Square on some recent January day in 2014 to decide whether man-made global climate change is real? Don’t believe Thomas Friedman about anything really, but why would you dismiss a group of scientific professionals with no particular political agenda in deciding whether you believe in man-made global climate change?

      • Norman_In_New_York

        It wasn’t just one day in January, it was the entire month and all of February as well. Even March has been having below normal temperatures. And yes, climate scientists do have a political agenda. When radical environmentalists gain control of the political party that hands out grant money, it’s a given that scientists will go along to get along.

        • Travis

          It is all about redistributing wealth from advanced developed nations to poor Third World countries.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Of course if the Arabs’ birthrate is high they scream that Jews are packing them in like livestock. And if birthrates are low they scream that Jews are making them sterile.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Of course if the Arabs’ birthrate is high they scream that Jews are packing them in like livestock. And if birthrates are low they scream that Jews are making them sterile.

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