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.

May 29, 2018 | Ofir Haivry
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.
This is a response to Israel's Demographic Miracle, originally published in Mosaic in May 2018

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

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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