Sheikh Adnan, resident of Gaza refugee camp.
(photo credit: ANDREW FRIEDMAN)
Last week, I argued that the growing importance of demographic arguments for ceding territory makes it vital for Israel to determine what the demographic facts really are. This, incidentally, is true even for supporters of a two-state solution: There’s a big difference between having to withdraw immediately, at any cost, to avoid imminent demographic doom and having another few decades in which to seek an agreement.
But the lack of hard data is compounded by another problem: the assumption that demographic facts, whatever they may be, are largely immutable.