Israel's Demographic Miracle

Birthrates are falling across the world, especially in developed nations—except in one. How did mainstream, middle-class Israelis start having children again, and what does it mean?

Children on the first day of school in Jerusalem, September 1, 2017. Yossi Zamir/Flash90.

Children on the first day of school in Jerusalem, September 1, 2017. Yossi Zamir/Flash90.

Essay
May 7 2018
About the author

Ofir Haivry, an Israeli historian and political theorist, is vice-president of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem and the author of John Selden and the Western Political Tradition (Cambridge). He served as chairman of the Public Advisory Committee for Examining Israel’s Approach regarding Worldwide Communities with Affinity to the Jewish People, appointed by Israel’s ministry of Diaspora affairs.


The more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied. (Exodus 1:12)

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