President Shimon Peres has an opinion:
President Shimon Peres said during a national service held in memory of Zionist visionary Binyamin Zeev Herzl that Israel''s West Bank settlements threaten the existence of a Jewish majority in the country. "A Jewish state without a Jewish majority is unlikely to remain Jewish," he said.
What does the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) have to say about that?
This, that the
...data of last decade of last century revealed that fertility is declining.Population projections revealed that crude birth rate in Palestinian Territory is expected to drop from 32.7 births per 1000 of the population in 2012 to 31.9 births in 2015.Data showed that crude death rates are relatively low compared to rates prevailing in Arab countries, where crude death rate is expected to decline in the Palestinian Territory from 3.9 deaths per 1000 of the population in 2012 to 3.6 deaths per 1000 in 2015, the crude death rate in the West Bank is expected to drop from 4.0 in 2012 to 3.8 deaths per one thousand in 2015, while in Gaza, it is expected to drop from 3.8 deaths in 2012 to 3.5 per one thousand in 2015.The total estimated households in the Palestinian Territory was 736,000 households; of which 482,000 households in the West Bank and 254,000 households in Gaza mid 2012.Data revealed a decline in the average of households’ size in the Palestinian Territory during the period between 1997 and 2011 from 6.4 persons in 1997 to 5.8 in 2011. This average declined in the West Bank from 6.1 persons in 1997 to 5.6 in 2011, while it declined in Gaza from 6.9 persons to 6.4 for the same period.
Have the Arabs of the territories of Judea and Samaria, those portions of the former Mandate of Palestine not part of sovereign Israel, let Peres down again?
And, by the way, what is Israel''s President doing by commenting on a contentious political issue?