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The Palestinians Prove Feiglin Right

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
disclaimer: I have no idea, no inside information or knowledge, what is correct in this regard... I am just commenting on the article. Different demographers might come to different conclusions...
According to demographer Yaakov Feitelson, by 2026 there will be as many Jews in Israel as in the rest of the world combines, which could change the halachic status of Eretz Yisrael regarding issues like shmitta. Feitelson also said that Israeli women have increased the level of childbirth numbers, while in the Diaspora the averages are decreasing.
The more interesting, to me, thing that Feitelson discovered is that the Palestinians, via the Cneter for Statistics of the Palestinian Authority, have been distorting their numbers. Feitelson says that there is a negative immigration - more Palestinians are emigrating, rather than immigrating, from the areas of Judea and Samaria and moving abroad. According to Feitelson, the number stands at about 10,000 Palestinians emigrating per year. The Palestinians continue to include all these people in their numbers, even though they have moved abroad, and their children who are born abroad are counted by the Palestinian Authority as locals from the moment they come once as a visitor..
source: Srugim
I wish them all a happy life abroad, wherever they choose to live it.
What is interesting to me is that if Feitelson is right about his claim, it could mean the Moshe Feiglin is right that large numbers of Palestinians really just want to leave. Feiglin's plan is to help more leave by paying them money. Until now it just sounded like a claim that can't be supported or rejected because who knows if the numbers are correct or not, but according to Feitelson it now sounds more realistic.
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