Life in Israel Has Become Very, Very Crowded

The “Start-Up Nation” has become the Western world’s most “Jam-Packed Nation.” It needs to set a goal of zero population growth, and pursue it single-mindedly.

The crowd cheers during a concert at Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus in Jerusalem, October 25, 2017. Hadas Parush/Flash90.

The crowd cheers during a concert at Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus in Jerusalem, October 25, 2017. Hadas Parush/Flash90.

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May 24 2018
About the author

Alon Tal is chair of the department of public policy at Tel Aviv University and co-chair of Tsafuf: the Israel Forum for Population, Environment, and Society.


Israelis are starting to notice that something in the country has changed—and not for the better. It’s happened gradually, but signs are everywhere: life has become very, very crowded.

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