By 2065, Israel will be most crowded nation on earth – good news – The Jerusalem Post

I sit down to read the recent Gregorian New Years supplement of the influential economic magazine TheMarker. Were all interested in economic trends, and 2020 was an unpredictably grim year. The lead article headline looks particularly interesting: Turning Point: Israels Big Population Challenge.Turning point? No, this isnt about the Jewish population being outnumbered. Nor is it about the many challenges within Israeli society. It isnt even about the expected increase in the number of Orthodox children and its impact on the economy (TheMarker is published by Haaretz).What we do need to worry about going into 2021, according to this article, is having too many children and grandchildren. Israel, it says, will sink under our surplus birthrate.Im glad to be sitting. Im overwhelmed by a wave of nausea and anger.I admit that I get queasy when anyone writes about too many Israelis, especially children. The vicissitudes of our national history are always on my mind. Im one of those optimists who see our national birthrate as an expression of positive values, willingness to take on responsibility and confidence. The authors bottom line: we need an economic policy to slow the birthrate rather than boost it. (According to the Internet, the author is a parent of four children.)The subhead predicts that by 2065, Israel is slated to be the most crowded nation on earth, with the exception of Bangladesh. The author asks, Can Israel continue to grow like Nigeria while maintaining a standard of living like Holland?Israels population is indeed growing 2% a year, four times the average of just 0.5% in other developed countries.

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By 2065, Israel will be most crowded nation on earth - good news - The Jerusalem Post

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