Thursday, March 02, 2006

Amazing Coincidences: Responses to "American Jewry and Israeli Demography"

Yesterday, I posted about the grave demographic threat posed to the Jewish State by the Israeli (Muslim) Arab population and alluded to a previous post of mine on the subject that dealt with the unique role that American Jewry could play in helping the Jewish State overcome the threat.

In response, I received the following comment by "Chaya":

The alternative is to bring in all those who claim any kinship with the Jewish people: there are thousands of people in the southern part of the U.S. and in South America who are descended from Anusim. They have to be encouraged to come here and live.

Plus, there are thousands of others throughout the world claiming descendency from the Lost Tribes. They should be converted and their arrival should be expedited. That would solve our 'demographic' problem.


Now, let's compare Chaya's comment with a comment I received to my initial post on the subject (just over 5 months ago) from a well-meaning Jew in New York:

There are a few ways that come to my mind. Complete Aliyah of Ethiopian Jews still in Ethiopia. Complete Aliyah of Bnei Menashe in India. Complete Aliyah of Russian Jews. These two alone increase the population by several thousands, and we know they are Jews.

Yet, the biggest issue is over whether Israel is a secular state vs. a religious state. If it is secular it doesn't matter who becomes the majority. If there is some sort of religious context for us as Jews being there, then it does matter. I guess the answer lies in the hands of every Jew collectively and individually.


Absolutely amazing!

Two separate posts - over 5 months apart - and 2 highly original and creative, yet nearly identical responses on how best to solve Israel's demographic dilemma.

As such, I will take the liberty of re-posting my own response to the first comment on the original post (with some minor changes) as I believe it stands as an appropriate response to Chaya's most recent comments:

While these suggestions are certainly a step in the right direction, I find it to be fascinating that these commenters are in favor of bringing every type of Jew (and sort-of Jew) to Israel from every part of the world where they can be found in order to help solve Israel’s demographic dilemma... everywhere except from America, of course. (In short, the commenters came up with suggestions that could be added to this list of other creative (but flawed) ideas on how to solve Israel's demographic crisis).

Sadly, I think that this reflects the traditional attitude of American Jewry towards Israel and Zionism: Israel - we love you. We stand together with you - always. The demographic threat facing the Jewish State threatens us as well. We're willing to give money, lobby our elected officials, hold rallies, and do anything else that might help you overcome the threat... Anything except make Aliyah ourselves, that is - that's more appropriate for the Russians, Ethiopians, Bnei Menashe, Anusim, the 10 Lost Tribes...

As the commenter from NY correctly notes, if Israel is a Jewish State, then it must have a Jewish majority (among other things). The time is fast approaching (if it hasn't arrived already) where Jewish bodies will be of much greater value to the Jewish State than their American $$$. The choice will then be upon each and every American Jew to decide himself what is more important to him - his comfortable lifestyle in America, or the future of the Jewish State and ultimate destiny of the Jewish People...

Think about it - You may be called upon to answer sooner than you think...



6 Comments:

Hey Ze'ev, I'm not sure if you've seen this yet, but WorldNetDaily published an article recently that tells that things may not be as worrisome as the Post might want us to think.

See what they've got to say, since it was very eye-opening, if you ask me.

By Blogger Avi Green, at Fri Mar 03, 01:37:00 AM GMT+2  

Avi, thanks for the comment. The article refers to the "Palestinian" population - those who do not have Israeli citizenship. The statistics that I mention in the post refer to Israeli Arabs with Israeli citizenship - and as such, regardless of however many "Palestinians" there may or may not be in Yesha, it doesnt change the grave demographic threat posed by the Israeli (Muslim)Arabs with Israeli citzenship.

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Fri Mar 03, 10:15:00 AM GMT+2  

Yes, I see. Good point.

By Blogger Avi Green, at Fri Mar 03, 01:39:00 PM GMT+2  

Luckily, Avigdor Lieberman solves both sides of the demographic problem: Annex Israeli Arab towns to the Palestinian Authority, and privatize the economy and improve education so that American Jews can move here and not be taxed to death and native Israelis and Russian Olim will be able to stay!
Vote 'LAMED' for Lieberman and Yisrael Beytenu!
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By Blogger Danny Hershtal, at Mon Mar 06, 06:35:00 PM GMT+2  

The whole idea of demography is a farce. Let's say your successful, beyond your wildest dreams, and 100% of the population living in the State of Israel is Jewish. Okay, you're still surrounded by Arab Muslims and Xians on every side, and again, you have a "demographic problem."

Gimme a break! Democracy doesn't work for a Jewish State, and we all know it! It's time for a Torah Government, and a little Bitachon in Hashem!!!

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