Land of the Hart: Israelis, Arabs, the Territories: And a Vision of the Future

By Arie Eliav Lova; Judith Yalon | Go to book overview

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A VISION OF THE FUTURE

THE ECONOMY

What Constitutes a Normal Pyramid?

We envision a Jewish state which within a generation will approach the realization of the Zionist dream: it will have assembled within it the majority of the Jewish people and will number about eight million inhabitants, of whom about seven million will be Jews. To achieve this, the present Jewish population of Israel must more than double itself. Growth will result both from natural increase and from immigration.

There are those who claim that we need immigration only for the purpose of increasing our numerical strength. For years we have been pursued by this oversimplified claim. It was strongly reinforced when, after the Six-Day War, the territories and their one million Palestinian Arabs fell into our hands, and we began to fear a demographic imbalance. This argument is neither true nor wise; nor is it particularly helpful for the Jewish people, for Zionism, for immigrants to Israel, or for our relations with the Arabs. It implies that numerical increase in and of itself constitutes a value for us; its proponents claim that if there were twice as many Jews in Israel as there are now we would be so

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • 1 - THE JEWS AND THE LAND OF ISRAEL 8
  • 2 - THE ARABS AND "FALASTIN" 93
  • 3 - FACE TO FACE WITH OUR NEIGHBORS: WE, THE PALES­ TINIAN ARABS, AND JORDAN 118
  • 4 - ISRAEL AND EGYPT 177
  • 5 - THE SYRIANS FACING US 198
  • 6 - OUR RELATIONS WITH LEBANON 206
  • 7 - FACE TO FACE WITH THE ARAB WORLD 211
  • 8 - THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 217
  • 9 - THE SOVIET UNION 242
  • 10 - THE COUNTRIES OF EUROPE 278
  • 11 - THE THIRD WORLD 288
  • 12 - THE FACE OF SOCIETY 294
  • 13 - RESERVOIRS OF IMMIGRATION 318
  • 14 - A VISION OF THE FUTURE 341
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