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Israelis, Don't Panic Over Demographics

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10.06.2021

Not that I’m counting, but according to Akiva Novick’s excellent essay that appeared in Hebrew Haaretz on Sunday, his grandmother, may she live and be well, has 217 descendants as of this writing. He counted them to prove that this is “The last-chance government of Israel’s liberal camp,” because “the overwhelming majority” of Grandma Novick’s descendants will probably “continue to vote for conservative parties – the heirs of Likud, Bezalel Smotrich and the ultra-Orthodox.”

I don’t know Novick’s large family, so I will continue from here with mathematical calculations of a different Israeli family that’s entirely theoretical. For a few years now, the Central Bureau of Statistics and the Pew Institute have been examining in their surveys the level of religiosity of those questioned compared to the religious level of the home in which they grew up. Until now, despite many studies that have been trying to refute these results, it seems that 40 percent of those who........

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