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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

Chapter:
(p.305) Antisemitism, Holocaust, and Genocide
Source:
The Social Scientific Study of Jewry
Author(s):

Arnon Soffer

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199363490.003.0017

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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