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The Social Scientific Study of JewrySources, Approaches, Debates$
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Uzi Rebhun

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199363490.001.0001

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Jewish Majority and Jewish Minority in Israel: The Demographic Debate

Jewish Majority and Jewish Minority in Israel: The Demographic Debate

(p.305) Antisemitism, Holocaust, and Genocide
The Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Arnon Soffer

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines demographic debates regarding issues of majority versus minority Jewish populations in Israel. It explains that demographic data are the basis for a geo-political analysis of specific spaces within Israel and the areas adjacent to it and suggests that demography is a major factor underlying the very existence of a sovereign state and hence has existential security implications. It also considers the possibility of annexing areas of “greater Israel, ” where the (fiercely debated) outcome may be a Jewish minority within the Jewish state.

Keywords:   Jewish populations, Israel, demographic data, sovereign state, existential security, Jewish state

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