New Challenges, and New Opportunities, for the Guardian of the Jewish Nation

Now home to the majority of the world’s Jews, Israel has responsibilities for the future of the Jewish people as a whole.

The historic lighthouse in Tel Aviv on October 17, 2009. Uri lenz/FLASH90

The historic lighthouse in Tel Aviv on October 17, 2009. Uri lenz/FLASH90

Last Word
May 29 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.


I thank my respondents Sarah Rindner, Haviv Rettig Gur, and Alon Tal for their comments on “Israel’s Demographic Miracle.” All three essentially agree with my presentation of the facts concerning the unexpected turnaround in Israel’s Jewish birthrates from a downward slope twenty years ago to what is by now a sustained rise in fertility. They also agree that Israel thereby presents a stark contrast to the picture in other developed societies, where the fertility rate has been steadily sinking to or below replacement level.

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