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April 16, 2017
The News on the Israel Street Today
Palestinian terror update . . .
First today, israelstreet notes corrections to Friday’s blog concerning the barbaric murder of Hannah Bladon on the Jerusalem Light Rail train. At that time we quoted reports that Hannah was a 23-year-old British tourist who was in Jerusalem to celebrate Easter. In fact, Bladon was a 20-year-old British exchange student beginning her studies at Hebrew University.
Second, the Palestinians announced yesterday that Bladon’s murderer will receive a cash award for his terror and will likely have his family subsidized for life. Subsidized by whom?
By idiotic entities like the British government that fund the PLO (aka the Palestinian Authority).
Some interesting pictures from the weekend . . .
*First, two photos from northern Jordan:
And the second:
*And now, on the same theme of “fire”, a picture from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem:
This is the famed “Fire Ceremony” that occurs on the Saturday before Easter every year–in which fire supposedly from heaven is given to the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Armenian one (in a secret ceremony at the top of the Church in the Chapel) to light the candles of the Christian faithful in the Church below.
The Disastrous, Newest, Israel Population Projections
(but not for the reason you think)
The newest population projections for Israel are not good–but not for the reason that you automatically think of. The problem is not an increasing Arab population, but an increasing population.
In a country already vastly overcrowded, Professor and demographer Alon Tal predicts that by 2033 the population will soar to 12 million people and by 2050, 36 million people will be packed like sardines into Israel.
What will cause this population explosion? According to Professor Tal, it is the orthodox whose birthrate continues to triple and quadruple the birthrate that of the general population.
All of which raises a critical question. At what point is too many? Simply put, Israel cannot sustain a population of 36 million people. With 8 million people, it is already one of the most densely populated countries in the world and to multiply that number by 4.5 is to invite disaster.
Israel is already beginning to focus on population redistribution. No longer can everyone crowd into the coastal area. There has to be a real drive to populate the Negev all the way down to Eilat, and the north along the Golan Heights and around the Galilee.
But more will have to be done.
All of the following suggestions are practically blasphemous, but:
–should Israel begin to limit aliya (new immigrants)?
–should Israel begin an education plan to limit childbirth?
–should Israel begin a long-term plan along the draconian Chinese plan to limit the population?
These questions will soon need to be addressed and answered.