Source: Associated Press
By ARON HELLER
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s leading demographics expert on Tuesday defended military figures indicating the number of Arabs will soon equal that of Jews in the Holy Land — figures that had sparked outrage from nationalist lawmakers in parliament.
Sergio Della Pergola, a demographer from Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, said the numbers of Arabs and Jews are nearly equal when you factor in the population of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem along with the population of Israel.
Jews make up about 80 percent of Israel proper and advocates of a two-state solution have long warned the country risks losing its Jewish majority if a Palestinian state is not established alongside it.